twee

adjective \ ˈtwē \

Definition of twee

chiefly British
: affectedly or excessively dainty, delicate, cute, or quaint
  • such a theme might sound twee or corny
  • The Times Literary Supplement (London)

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Examples of twee in a Sentence

  1. The movie was a bit twee for my taste.

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Twee and Baby Talk

Most adults wouldn't be caught dead saying, "Oh, look at the twee little birdie!" but they probably wouldn't be averse to saying: "He went fishing with his dad," "She works as a nanny," or "Hey, buddy, how's it going?" Anyone who uses dad, nanny, or buddy owes a debt to "baby talk," a term used for both the childish speech adults adopt when addressing youngsters and for the speech of small children who are just learning to talk. Twee also originated in baby talk as an alteration of sweet. In the early 1900s, it was a term of affection, but nowadays British speakers and writers—and, increasingly, Americans as well—use twee for things that have passed beyond agreeable and into the realm of cloying.

Origin and Etymology of twee

baby-talk alteration of sweet


TWEE Defined for English Language Learners

twee

adjective

Definition of twee for English Language Learners

  • : sweet or cute in a way that is silly or sentimental



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