twee

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From a childish pronunciation of sweet. The Oxford English Dictionary records the first use in 1905 in Punch.

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twee (comparative more twee, superlative most twee)

  1. (UK, pejorative) Overly quaint, dainty, cute or nice.
    Those Beatrix Potter animals are a little twee for my taste.

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  • 1999: Despite the fact that the designs were all a bit twee . . . they stood out a mile in the market place at that time. — Janet Foster, Docklands: Urban Change and Conflict in a Community in Transition ISBN 1857282744, p. 82
  • 2001: Forget the clichéd image of Brigadoon and shortbread tins, the dreadfully twee tartan tat and Celtic kitsch that, sadly, still exists in the 21st century, and is too often passed off as a genuine Highland experience. — Alan Murphy, Scotland Highlands & Islands Handbook: The Travel Guide ISBN 1900949946, p. 11
  • 2002: As always with Disney, there are moments when it all seems a bit twee, others when it is excessively PC. — Peter Ellison, Folens Models for Writing: Essential Non-fiction ISBN 1843032317, p. 40
  • 2005: I just wouldn’t have felt comfortable saying, "I am a duckbilled platypus, and this is how I find my shrimps." I think it would have been twee. — Richard Dawkins, Darwin's Rottweiler (interview) Discover magazine 2005-09-08

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Afrikaans[edit]

Afrikaans cardinal numbers
1 2 3
    Cardinal : twee
    Ordinal : tweede

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch twee, from Middle Dutch twee, twe, from Old Dutch twē, neuter form of twēne, from Proto-Germanic *twai, from Proto-Indo-European *dwóh₁.

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twee

  1. (cardinal) two

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch twee, twe, from Old Dutch twē, neuter form of twēne, from Proto-Germanic *twai, from Proto-Indo-European *dwóh₁. Compare German zwei, English twain.

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twee f, m (plural tweeën, diminutive tweetje n)

  1. two

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Dutch cardinal numbers
1 2 3
    Cardinal : twee
    Ordinal : tweede

twee

  1. (cardinal) two

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Middle Dutch[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old Dutch twē, neuter form of twēne, from Proto-Germanic *twai, from Proto-Indo-European *dwóh₁.

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twêe

  1. two

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