\ 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 The most recent puzzling imagery to spark a social media debate is a photo of wee little animal following its bliss on a bed. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "People Could Not Make Heads or Tails of This Viral Dog Photo," 14 Feb. 2020 Those winds are not forecasted this wee,k so the traditional shootout that produces scores in the neighborhood of 20 under can be expected. Ryan Asselta, SI.com, "Picks and Daily Fantasy Plays for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open," 1 Oct. 2019 Most meteor showers are best after midnight, but this one is particularly elusive, peaking in the wee small hours just before dawn. Nicole Clausing, Sunset Magazine, "Don’t Miss This Week’s Meteor Shower—It’s Worth Setting an Alarm For," 4 May 2020 Chief justice John Roberts, for example, can’t help seeming just a wee bit irritated at times when Stephen Breyer goes into one of his soliloquies masquerading as a question. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The US Supreme Court debates the internet’s future over the phone," 4 May 2020 Wuliao is creating a full Turkish meal in miniature, with kabobs the size of dates and a cheese künefe pastry as wee as a silver dollar. Connie Wang & Lily Fulop, Refinery29, "Forget Productivity: Let ‘Wuliao’ Be Your Quarantine Philosophy," 7 Apr. 2020 There’s no dress code, no evening port briefings, and no early morning shore excursions because the bar is up and running until, as Frank Sinatra famously sang it, the wee small hours of the morning. Ellen Uzelac, chicagotribune.com, "Not your grandma’s vacation: River cruises turn to active travel and technology to recruit next generation of passengers," 26 Nov. 2019 And who doesn’t feel better knowing that Arnold Schwarzenegger is sheltering in place (like, in his kitchen) with a pony named Whiskey and a wee donkey named Lulu? Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Crowdsourcing support during social isolation," 16 Mar. 2020 Enjoy a wee bit o’ blarney and Irish music at the Plymouth Arts Center March 13-14. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Art in the Burg, and more to do around Wisconsin this week," 8 Mar. 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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“Wee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wee. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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