\ ˈwē How to pronounce wee (audio) \

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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Some bone lovers believe that the wee bits gnawed off the bone are the best, the sweetest bits of all. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "With steaks, closer to the bone makes a difference," 10 July 2019 The seething blackbird sank its wee claws into Janice's back but clearly didn't do much damage. Scottie Andrew And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "A blackbird hopped on the back of a bald eagle, but it turns out that it wasn't a joyride," 9 July 2019 Troye Sivan has been a fresh-faced heartthrob double-threat since emerging onto the scene as a wee lad. Kat Bein, Billboard, "The 10 Best Troye Sivan Remixes," 4 June 2018 From his early days as a wee royal, George emoted to an impressive degree, giving us baby grump to an iconic level. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "Prince Louis Dethrones Prince George as Cutest Royal Grump," 8 June 2019 The technique that discovered the wee baby worlds wasn’t designed to seek out planets. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Astronomers Snap a Rare Picture of Two Baby Planets," 7 June 2019 To keep their spirits up during the nine months that their son was hospitalized, the Florios bought wee costumes for Connor at Build-a-Bear to celebrate every holiday and take photos. Cathy Free, The Seattle Times, "Baby born last year weighing less than a soda can heads home for the first time," 12 Apr. 2019 The mini moon measures just about a mile and a half across, and looks like a wee interloper passing in front of the mighty sun. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Curiosity Watched Two Eclipses on Mars. Here's What It Saw.," 5 Apr. 2019 And locating a show for the wee ones that won’t set parents’ teeth on edge — among the thousands of options on Netflix — can be an especially difficult challenge. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "A dozen streamable shows and movies that kids can watch (and parents will like)," 24 Dec. 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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The first known use of wee was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of wee

chiefly Scotland + Ireland : very small or very young


\ ˈwē How to pronounce wee (audio) \

Kids Definition of wee

: very small : tiny

Medical Definition of WEE

western equine encephalitis; western equine encephalomyelitis

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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