\ 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 In this comedy for adults and children alike, Pee-wee stops at the Alamo, the Cabazon Dinosaur park in California, and Hollywood. Hillary Maglin, Travel + Leisure, "34 Movies That Will Make You Want to Get Off the Couch and See the World," 3 Apr. 2021 Big and rich flavors of raspberries and Himalayan blackberries swirl about with wee bits of fresh-cracked black pepper and aged balsamic vinegar. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Stanley Tucci’s Italian travel show inspires a ‘Big Night’ of food and wine," 27 Mar. 2021 With many of the parades and festivities surrounding St. Patrick's Day 2021 being canceled due to COVID-19 and social distancing regulations still in place, the holiday is shaping up to look a wee bit different than normal. Nishka Dhawan, USA TODAY, "6 alcohol delivery service deals to stock your bar for St. Patrick's Day 2021," 17 Mar. 2021 Parents pay about $35 per ticket, and the wee ones are free. Los Angeles Times, "Mozart for Munchkins concerts revive a sense of purpose. Just ask this French horn player," 11 Mar. 2021 The Monkey gives off a bit of a dual-sport vibe, and this wee Honda is happy cruising dirt roads. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "2019 Honda Monkey Does Basic, Two-Wheeled Fun," 12 Mar. 2021 Daryl first meets him as a wee puppy who gives him some good-boy face licks and then scampers away. Richard Rys, Vulture, "The Walking Dead Recap: Dog Days," 7 Mar. 2021 The wee town of Tyne Valley is the mecca for a yearly oyster festival that serves as a competitive standard bearer for world-class competitors. Katie Kelly Bell, Forbes, "The Best Bucket List Experiences To Plan For 2021 And 2022," 1 Mar. 2021 In a state that won’t let bars offer two-for-one drink specials and a country that prevents sweepstakes contests from requiring a purchase to enter, the advertising of free-flowing booze and a mandatory name change do sound a wee bit questionable. Tara Nurin, Forbes, "Change Your Name To Tullamore For A St. Paddy’s Day Trip To A Private Pub In The Desert," 24 Feb. 2021

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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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7 Apr 2021

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“Wee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wee. Accessed 8 May. 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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