Definition of twee
: 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
The movie was a bit twee for my taste.
Recent Examples of twee from the Web
Home goods at Anthropologie often seem to reference the cutesier aspects of midcentury modern glassware, with designs featuring animals and other twee elements.
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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
First Known Use: 1905See Words from the same year
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Definition of twee for English Language Learners
: sweet or cute in a way that is silly or sentimental
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