\ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Anyway, to an ordinary point of view the wee thing seems to be doing pretty well for herself. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Greta Thunberg Is a Joke," 8 Jan. 2020 The last entry in his biography, dated March 18, 1858, notes that our wee hero is in Toronto selling muffins. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, "Inside the Getty photography vaults: How the museum protects historic prints," 2 Jan. 2020 Soon after, Chase began kicking footballs in pee wee football leagues. Tyler Kraft, Indianapolis Star, "All in the family: Chase Vinatieri wants to continue the legacy his uncle built in the NFL," 20 Oct. 2019 Following is a peek at a wee handful of the 29 creations. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Wee Faerie Village transforms into superhero central, aka Supertopia!," 2 Oct. 2019 Finnegan is just a wee little guy, and until last week was a fledgling in the hunting fields. D'arcy Egan, cleveland, "Finnegan, an eager Brittany pup, displays his heritage in dove hunting field — D’Arcy Egan," 21 Sep. 2019 Pictures have surfaced of a baby koala wearing a wee little arm cast after the mini marsupial fell out of a tree in Melbourne, Australia. Fox News, "Adorable orphaned baby koala gets arm cast after falling from tree," 9 Aug. 2019 But while the country may have been consumed by conflict, new research suggests soldiers off the battlefield still made time for a wee bit of vanity. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Archaeologists Find Hair Dye Bottles Used by Self-Conscious Civil War Soldiers Posing for Portraits," 5 Dec. 2019 And here was a town tourism brochure actually advertising the fact that curious tourists and history enthusiasts could take home a wee bag of the stuff. Zoë Schlanger, Quartz, "A superfund site in Montana sold bags of hazardous waste as souvenirs," 19 Nov. 2019

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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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15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Wee.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wee. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of wee

chiefly Scotland + Ireland : 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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one that suddenly gains wealth or power

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