\ 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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The large eye that dominates the right side of the image comes from a photograph Burchartz took of his wife, and the wee figure of Burchartz himself that stares up at the eye from the lower right-hand corner comes from a photograph by Stankowski. William Meyers, WSJ, "‘Beyond Truth: Photography After the Shutter’ Review: The Ever-Evolving Image," 23 Feb. 2019 Image Short stories are for everyone, even the wee. New York Times, "Brief Tales for New Readers and Little Listeners From Philip Stead and More," 29 June 2018 Just a wee bit west of the Economist’s London offices lies perhaps the world’s foremost example of the power of competitive corporate tax rates. James Freeman, WSJ, "One Thing Investors Don’t Need to Worry About," 20 Nov. 2018 This is fantastic because my wee dram with Sam was not until the following week in Glasgow. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "I Was Obsessed With Outlander—So I Found My Own Love Story in Scotland," 6 May 2018 These rental units are the wee-sized counterpoint to the Think Big! of the '80s. Annemarie Conte, Woman's Day, "'I Took a Surprise Vacation and Finally Gave Up Some Control'," 8 Nov. 2018 And then there's wee baby Owen, who did that weird thing on TV where a character ages faster than everyone else to move a plot along. Seventeen, "The 20 Greatest TV Teen Dramas of All Time," 4 Dec. 2018 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

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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


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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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a shady place in a garden or forest

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