wee

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See also: Wee, weè, and wêe

English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

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

Adjective[edit]

wee (comparative weer, superlative weest)

  1. (Scotland, Northern Ireland, Northern 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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Noun[edit]

wee

  1. A short time or short distance.

References[edit]

  • 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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Pronoun[edit]

wee (personal pronoun)

  1. obsolete emphatic of we
    • 1645 Marhc, John Milton, Tetrachordon.
      Yet lest wee should be Capernaitans, as wee are told there that the flesh profiteth nothing, so wee are told heer, if we be not as deaf as adders, that this union of the flesh proceeds from the union of a fit help and solace.

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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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Adjective[edit]

wee (not comparable)

  1. nauseating

Inflection[edit]

Inflection of wee
uninflected wee
inflected weeë
comparative
positive
predicative/adverbial wee
indefinite m./f. sing. weeë
n. sing. wee
plural weeë
definite weeë
partitive wees

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 woe, what shall become of 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!

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Adjective[edit]

wêe

  1. unpleasant, painful

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Noun[edit]

wêe f

  1. pain

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Further reading[edit]

  • wee”, in Vroegmiddelnederlands Woordenboek, 2000
  • wee (I)”, in Middelnederlandsch Woordenboek, 1929

Scots[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

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wee (comparative weer, superlative weest)

  1. small, little, tiny

Usage notes[edit]

Used in both the standard Scots and Ulster Scots dialect.