wheen

wheen

[hween, ween] Scot. and North England.
adjective
1.
noun
2.
a few persons or things.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English (north) quheyn, Old English hwēne, instrumental case of hwōn few, a few

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wheen (wiːn, Scottish hwiːn)
 
determiner
1.  few; some
2.  (preceded by a)
 a.  a small number of
 b.  a good number of
 c.  (as pronoun; functioning as plural): a wheen of years
 
[Old English hwēne, instrumental of hwōn few, a few]

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