wheen

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English *wheen, quhein (also hwan, hwon, quhon), from Old English hwēne, hwǣne, instrumental form of Old English hwōn (little, few, a little, trifle, somewhat, a little while).

Noun[edit]

wheen (plural wheens)

  1. (UK dialectal) A little; a small number.
  2. (UK dialectal, Scotland, Northern Ireland) A quantity; a goodly number.
    • 1815, Walter Scott, Guy Mannering:
      I have six terriers at hame, forbye twa couple of slow-hunds, five grews, and a wheen other dogs.

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