\ˈwē \

Definition of wee 

1 : very small : diminutive

2 : very early wee hours of the morning

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Examples of wee in a Sentence

He's just a wee lad.

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Planning a wedding, going back to school, finding a place to live that fits us and gives us a sense of community, always fixing our beloved van, while also trying to manage an art business has felt a wee bit overwhelming for me at times. Eileen Reslen, Good Housekeeping, "Jacob Roloff's Fiancée Isabel Rock Just Revealed Their Wedding Date," 13 Sep. 2018 Designed by Tobias Fränzel and manufactured by FINKELDEI, a luxe furniture company in Germany, the Ping Pong Door can be custom built within 8 weeks to fit your doorway — for a wee sum of 10,000€ (approximately $11,578.76). Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "This Ping Pong Door Is Exactly What Your Home Needs," 4 Sep. 2018 On March 14, Alexandra slipped out of her home in wee hours, and walked down the road to the Massachusetts Turnpike overpass near her home, a GPS track of her phone would later show. Mark Arsenault, BostonGlobe.com, "Secrets of a Lost Girl," 24 June 2018 As Pottermore pointed out (whilst referencing the Deathly Hallows epilogue, which, perfect), the wee prince's names are also Weasley family names. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "Prince Louis' Name Is a Magical Harry Potter Reference," 27 Apr. 2018 Big pieces of saucy peaches, hit with a wee bit of cinnamon and other spices, get covered — top and bottom — with the delicious crust. James Patrick Kelly, idahostatesman, "Boise Pie Co. shows its Southern roots, bakes up delicious desserts," 12 July 2018 Fortunately for Alpine staff, the Deadheads are a mellow bunch, with one patiently chomping on baby carrots and another wee Deadhead showing off her Hula-Hoop skills. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Reopened Alpine Valley Music Theatre splendid sight for splendid sounds of Dead & Company," 23 June 2018 In the grand ecosystem of Chicago food businesses, TeaSquares is still wee but rapidly growing. Greg Trotter, chicagotribune.com, "How TeaSquares, a South Side food startup, grew from an idea to soon selling in 187 Jewel-Osco stores," 1 June 2018 Violent, upsetting and misleading grindhouse documentaries designed to repulse our moral sense and send us home shaken, primed to become good Catholic child soldiers who would protect defenceless wee babbies from their own mammies. Graham Linehan, Time, "What My Wife’s Abortion Taught Me About Why Men Should Stand With Women in the Ireland Referendum," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of wee

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for wee

Middle English we, from we, noun, little bit, from Old English wǣge weight; akin to Old English wegan to move, weigh — more at way

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English Language Learners Definition of wee

: very small or very young


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Kids Definition of wee

: very small : tiny

Medical Definition of WEE 

western equine encephalitis; western equine encephalomyelitis

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