\ 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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This month, that day is Prime Day, Amazon's blockbuster savings event which kicks off in wee hours of the morning on July 15 and wraps up at 11:59 p.m. PST on July 16. Madeline Buxton, refinery29.com, "How Amazon's Return Policy Works For Prime Day Buys," 15 July 2019 Bucking ponies and hovercrafts Suzanne, Carolyn and Katherine talked about learning to ride as wee ones seated in front of their dad on his saddle. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "Remembering Ross Perot — and the circus dog, traveling outhouse and other tales he left behind," 10 July 2019 The wee little Wheeler has zero interest in the fireworks display, which seems kind of odd for a bite-sized person. Time, "Let's Discuss the 10 Big Questions We Have After Binging Stranger Things Season 3," 4 July 2019 And try disagreeing with him: Even in the noisy wee hours at Smalls — where some listen raptly in the front rows, but just as many are there to booze and gab — this searing and tumbling music cuts through. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "J.D. Allen Wants You to Know Who He Is, With or Without His Saxophone," 24 June 2019 By day's end everyone in Santiago do Iguape is tucked in—the imposing Paraguaçu River ensures abundance to the fishermen who brave its mighty waters in the wee small hours. Stephanie Foden, National Geographic, "This Brazilian region is an African treasure on the other side of the Atlantic," 18 Mar. 2019 Some bone lovers believe that the wee bits gnawed off the bone are the best, the sweetest bits of all. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "With steaks, closer to the bone makes a difference," 10 July 2019 The seething blackbird sank its wee claws into Janice's back but clearly didn't do much damage. Scottie Andrew And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "A blackbird hopped on the back of a bald eagle, but it turns out that it wasn't a joyride," 9 July 2019 Troye Sivan has been a fresh-faced heartthrob double-threat since emerging onto the scene as a wee lad. Kat Bein, Billboard, "The 10 Best Troye Sivan Remixes," 4 June 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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The first known use of wee was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of wee

chiefly Scotland + Ireland : 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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