wee

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English we (little bit), from Old English wǣge (weight), related to Old English wegan (to move, weigh) (15c).

Adjective[edit]

wee (comparative weer, superlative weest)

  1. (Scotland, Northern Ireland, North England, New Zealand) Small, little.
    • 2008, James Kelman, Kieron Smith, Boy, Penguin 2009, p. 73:
      I had not seen a wee boy do it like that before. He was weer than me and his swimming was just like splashing about.
    You looked a little cold so I lit a wee fire.
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  • Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary: Tenth Edition (1997)

Etymology 2[edit]

Unknown

Noun[edit]

wee (uncountable)

  1. (colloquial, uncountable) urine
  2. (colloquial) An act of urination.
    to have a wee
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Verb[edit]

wee (third-person singular simple present wees, present participle weeing, simple past and past participle weed)

  1. (colloquial) To urinate.
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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *wai. Compare Old English (English woe), Old High German (German weh), Old Norse vei.

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wee (not comparable)

  1. nauseating

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Noun[edit]

wee f (plural weeën, diminutive weetje n)

  1. contraction during labour or childbirth
    De weeën beginnen!
    The contractions are starting!
  2. sorrow, sadness, pain, woe; archaic unless used as an interjection of despair or annoyance
    O wee, wat zal er van ons worden.
    Oh my, what’s going to happen with us.

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Middle Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Dutch *wē, from Proto-Germanic *wai.

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Interjection[edit]

wêe

  1. woe!

Adjective[edit]

wêe

  1. unpleasant, painful

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wêe f

  1. pain

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Scots[edit]

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wee (comparative mair wee, superlative maist wee)

  1. small, little

Usage notes[edit]

Used in both the standard Scots and Ulster Scots dialect.