\ˈwē \

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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On March 14, Alexandra slipped out of her home in wee hours, and walked down the road to the Massachusetts Turnpike overpass near her home, a GPS track of her phone would later show. Mark Arsenault, BostonGlobe.com, "Secrets of a Lost Girl," 24 June 2018 As Pottermore pointed out (whilst referencing the Deathly Hallows epilogue, which, perfect), the wee prince's names are also Weasley family names. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "Prince Louis' Name Is a Magical Harry Potter Reference," 27 Apr. 2018 Big pieces of saucy peaches, hit with a wee bit of cinnamon and other spices, get covered — top and bottom — with the delicious crust. James Patrick Kelly, idahostatesman, "Boise Pie Co. shows its Southern roots, bakes up delicious desserts," 12 July 2018 Fortunately for Alpine staff, the Deadheads are a mellow bunch, with one patiently chomping on baby carrots and another wee Deadhead showing off her Hula-Hoop skills. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Reopened Alpine Valley Music Theatre splendid sight for splendid sounds of Dead & Company," 23 June 2018 In the grand ecosystem of Chicago food businesses, TeaSquares is still wee but rapidly growing. Greg Trotter, chicagotribune.com, "How TeaSquares, a South Side food startup, grew from an idea to soon selling in 187 Jewel-Osco stores," 1 June 2018 Violent, upsetting and misleading grindhouse documentaries designed to repulse our moral sense and send us home shaken, primed to become good Catholic child soldiers who would protect defenceless wee babbies from their own mammies. Graham Linehan, Time, "What My Wife’s Abortion Taught Me About Why Men Should Stand With Women in the Ireland Referendum," 25 May 2018 Firmdale's latest London opening is ideally situated between the hustle and bustle of Piccadilly and Soho on a quiet wee street with a great open courtyard. Town & Country, "These Are the 83 Top Hotels Around the World," 6 Oct. 2016 So who can blame anyone on the hill for getting a wee bit excited upon hearing a rumor that Taylor Swift would be at the Russell Senate Office building on Wednesday for a meeting? Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Senate Interns Searching for Phantom Taylor Swift Prove How Quickly Rumors Can Spread," 12 July 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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a wee bit

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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

: 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 holds something together

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