\ 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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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 And now Madonna's MDNA Skin has teamed up with the iconic Italian design house on new skin-care sets — and the price points are a wee bit different. Marci Robin, Allure, "Madonna’s MDNA Collaborated on Luxury Skin-Care Sets With Moschino," 30 Mar. 2019 Mini, VW Beetle, Civic CVCC, on and on—and this one is wee: 169.9 inches long over a 103.9-inch wheelbase. Dan Neil, WSJ, "The Fun New Corolla Hatchback Puts the Toy in Toyota," 3 Jan. 2019 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

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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

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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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