\ ˈwē How to pronounce wee (audio) \

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)

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Examples of wee in a Sentence

Adjective He's just a wee lad.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Juicy raspberry and blueberry flavors dominate the palate, along with wee bits of caramel and saline. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "6 Oregon pinot noirs that stand out in a crowd," 30 Jan. 2021 All of this is, of course, just a wee bit of an exaggeration. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Tom Brady taking Buccaneers to Super Bowl ends Brady-Belichick debate. Or does it?," 25 Jan. 2021 Here’s to another trip around the sun, with all those positives, and perhaps just a wee bit less drama. Tom Fox, Dallas News, "Saying Goodbye to 2020: A last look at some of The Dallas Morning News photographers’ favorite photos from an unforgettable year," 1 Jan. 2021 Hairy Feely, Strawberry Donnelley, and the Logue sisters: Arlene, Darlene, Jolene, and her wee cub. Marion Winik, Star Tribune, "Review: 'Big Girl, Small Town,' by Michelle Gallen," 24 Dec. 2020 There’s Tchaikovsky’s joyful score, the adorableness of wee little Clara, the toothache-inducing sets—but beyond the stage, there’s the audience. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Visions of Sugarplums? You Can Still Enjoy The Nutcracker This Year—Here’s How," 14 Dec. 2020 Being a wee fellow myself, I always was awed by Dennehy’s stature. Rick Kogan, chicagotribune.com, "Who and what we lost in 2020: From notable artists to Chicago experiences, they’re gone or changed but not forgotten," 11 Dec. 2020 Today in business news: A landmark case against Facebook, more Elon Musk drama, and a wee correction to one of last night's stories. Allison Morrow, CNN, "US regulators to Facebook: It's not us, it's you," 9 Dec. 2020 And its optical zoom that can go a wee bit further to bring your scene closer. Washington Post, "It’s okay if you weren’t paying attention to gadgets in 2020. Here are the best ones you missed.," 30 Nov. 2020

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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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6 Feb 2021

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“Wee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wee. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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