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Definition of wee

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : very small : diminutive
2 : very early wee hours of the morning

Definition of WEE (Entry 2 of 2)

Examples of wee in a Sentence

Adjective He's just a wee lad.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective HunterGirl, for instance, is just a wee bit better. Rodney Ho, ajc, 19 Apr. 2022 And then Thor's smiling face appears, making Quill a wee bit uncomfortable. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 18 Apr. 2022 The dress is available for wee ones newborn to 24 months for $18.99. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 19 Mar. 2022 There’s also an interactive adventure theater and a discovery museum sure to keep wee ones engaged. Lori A. May, Chron, 16 Feb. 2022 Each contains art and science activities to get stuck into, from deep sea and dinosaurs for wee ones to a road trip around the USA for older kids. Wired, 29 Nov. 2021 But there are other options, including haunts, a hayride, movies and more, plus a half-dozen family friendly outings for the wee ones. Los Angeles Times, 15 Oct. 2021 Face painting, a balloon artist and free snow cones also proved popular with the wee ones. Chris M. Worrell, cleveland, 8 Aug. 2021 He was reportedly blacklisted from the Emmys for telling jokes at the 1991 ceremony about masturbation and Pee-wee Herman actor Paul Reubens’s arrest for indecent exposure; the bit was censored for West Coast audiences. Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Wee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wee. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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