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wee1 (wiː Pronunciation for wee1



  1. very small; tiny; minute


  1. (mainly Scottish) a short time (esp in the phrase bide a wee.)

Word Origin

C13: from Old English wǣg weight


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= little, small, minute, tiny, miniature, insignificant, negligible, microscopic, diminutive, minuscule, teeny, itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny, Lilliputian, titchy, teensy-weensy, pygmy or pigmy

wee2 (wiː Pronunciation for wee2 (British) (Australian) (New Zealand) (informal)



    1. the act or an instance of urinating
    2. urine


  1. (intransitive) to urinate
Also called: wee-wee

Word Origin

of unknown origin

Translations for 'wee'

  • British English: wee Wee means small in size or extent. ADJECTIVEHe just needs to calm down a wee bit.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: pequenino
  • Chinese: > 小的尺寸、程度
  • European Spanish: pequeñito
  • French: petit petite
  • German: klein
  • Italian: piccolo piccola
  • Japanese: 小さい
  • Korean: 아주 작은
  • Portuguese: pequenino pequenina
  • Spanish: pequeñito

Example Sentences Including 'wee'

Business in Bombay, as it was known then, went on till the wee hours of the morning.
Business Today (1999)
For some reason Colette took it into her head to check on her in the wee small hours.
Harcourt, Palma Double Deceit
He then went on to surprise him even further by suggesting a wee dram.
Peter Robinson AFTERMATH (2001)
Local parish priest Father Paddy McWilliams said Anne Marie was a "lovely wee girl.
Irish Times (2002)
McManus remembers staying up until the wee hours to watch Cockburn win her bronze medal in Sydney.
Ottawa Sun (2003)
Meeting with publisher then a wee trip to see Cyril Gerber's new show in his gallery.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
OK, the wee bit of verse at the end, it's a riddle of course.
Anthony Masters CASCADES - THE DAY OF THE DEAD (2001)
On Thursday afternoon, Belle said to Aunt Sandra, `I need a wee walk.
Frank Delaney Telling the Pictures
Yesterday, though, a smile here and a wee scowl there just did enough to let out the steam.
Glasgow Herald (2001)


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