pee-wee

peewee

[pee-wee] Informal.
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:
1885–90; rhyming compound based on wee

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peewee (ˈpiːwiː)
 
n
1.  a variant spelling of pewee
2.  a variant (esp Scot) of peewit
3.  (Austral) another name for magpie lark
4.  (Canadian)
 a.  an age level of 12 to 13 in amateur sport, esp ice hockey
 b.  (as modifier): peewee hockey

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peewee
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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