wee

1 of 2

adjective

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

WEE

2 of 2

abbreviation

Examples of wee in a Sentence

Adjective He's just a wee lad.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Haigh then cuts to Adam sitting on his couch, eating junk food and watching junk TV until the wee hours. Lisa Rosen, Los Angeles Times, 13 Feb. 2024 The Chiefs kept the party going into the wee hours (5:15 a.m. to be exact) and to fuel their celebratory escapades, Swift, 34, and Kelce, also 34, enjoyed some chicken fingers together, per the Vegas nightclub. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 12 Feb. 2024 Sources tell Variety that the original upload of the album, which was released sometime in the wee hours of Saturday morning, was not the correct, official version, but it has since been replaced with the official one. Jem Aswad, Variety, 10 Feb. 2024 These days, making the most of yourself translates to ketosis-ing your body and spending the wee hours before and after work doing bench presses. Raven Smith, Vogue, 9 Feb. 2024 But wee moons, it was thought, should have lost their meager embers long ago. Robin George Andrews, Scientific American, 7 Feb. 2024 Hardcore fans here have followed his career for years, from pee wee leagues to a high school state championship for Don Bosco Prep, the football powerhouse in Ramsey, N.J., and then Syracuse University. Mark Bonamo Bryan Anselm, New York Times, 15 Dec. 2023 Not for the faint of heart, or those with an early bedtime, these pulsing, high-energy dance clubs keep night owls going until the wee hours of the morning. Meagan Drillinger, Travel + Leisure, 31 Jan. 2024 Alcaraz spent 23 hours, 39 minutes on the court at the U.S. Open, energizing crowds and giving his all until the wee hours of the morning. Michelle Kaufman, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Middle English we, from we, noun, little bit, from Old English wǣge weight; akin to Old English wegan to move, weigh — more at way

First Known Use

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of wee was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near wee

Cite this Entry

“Wee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wee. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

wee

adjective
1
: very small : tiny
2
: very early
the wee hours of the morning

Medical Definition

WEE

abbreviation
western equine encephalitis; western equine encephalomyelitis

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