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peewee

[pee-wee] /ˈpiˌwi/
adjective
1.
very small; tiny.
2.
insignificant or inconsequential:
a player sent to the peewee leagues.
noun
3.
a person or thing that is unusually small.
4.
an animal that is small for its kind; runt.
5.
Marbles. a small playing marble, often one made of clay rather than glass.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; rhyming compound based on wee
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British Dictionary definitions for pee wee

peewee

/ˈpiːwiː/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of pewee
2.
a variant (esp Scot) of peewit
3.
(Austral) another name for magpie lark
4.
(Canadian)
  1. an age level of 12 to 13 in amateur sport, esp ice hockey
  2. (as modifier): peewee hockey
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Word Origin and History for pee wee

peewee

adj.

1877, "small, tiny, for children," a dialect word, possibly a varied reduplication of wee. Attested earlier (1848) as a noun meaning "a small marble." (Baseball Hall-of-Famer Harold "Peewee" Reese got his nickname because he was a marbles champion before he became a Dodgers shortstop.) As a type of bird (variously applied on different continents) it is attested from 1886, imitative of a bird cry.

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Slang definitions & phrases for pee wee

peewee

noun

A short or small person, animal, etc: That peewee doesn't scare me (1877+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Encyclopedia Article for pee wee

peewee

any of eight species of birds of the genus Contopus (family Tyrannidae); it is named for its call, which is monotonously repeated from an open perch. In North America a sad, clear "pee-oo-wee" announces the presence of the eastern wood pewee (C. virens), while a blurry "peeurrr" is the call of the western wood pewee (C. sordidulus). Some authorities consider the western form to be a race of C. virens. Both forms are plain birds, about 14 cm (6 inches) long, that resemble the eastern phoebe; the two forms differ from the eastern phoebe, however, in being browner and more slender and in having two distinct whitish wing bars

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