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pewee

[pee-wee] /ˈpi wi/
noun
1.
any of several New World flycatchers of the genus Contopus.
Compare wood pewee.
2.
the phoebe.
Origin of pewee
1790-1800
1790-1800, Americanism; imitative
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  • Jack knew that the truce with so vain a fellow as pewee could not last long, but it served its purpose for the time.

    The Hoosier School-boy Edward Eggleston
  • The pewee, for all his tender and melancholy utterances, has a fiery spirit.

    Little Brothers of the Air Olive Thorne Miller
  • Riley and pewee—conspirators to the last—had their plans arranged.

    The Hoosier School-boy Edward Eggleston
  • Jack wanted to escape the merciless beating that pewee had in store for him.

    The Hoosier School-boy Edward Eggleston
  • Jack made a sharp dash to get through them,220 but was headed off and caught by pewee.

    The Hoosier School-boy Edward Eggleston
  • The trouble with vain people like pewee is, that they have no stability.

    The Hoosier School-boy Edward Eggleston
  • At which pewee squared himself off, doubled up his fists, and came at the slenderer Jack.

    The Hoosier School-boy Edward Eggleston
  • pewee and his crowd have gone up to the Indian Mound,” said Columbus.

    The Hoosier School-boy Edward Eggleston
  • A multitude of gnats circling about in the air, seemed to be precisely to the taste of the pewee parents and their hungry bairns.

    Our Bird Comrades Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
  • The first aim of pewee and company was to get the better of the master.

    The Hoosier School-boy Edward Eggleston
British Dictionary definitions for pewee

pewee

/ˈpiːwiː/
noun
1.
any of several small North American flycatchers of the genus Contopus, having a greenish-brown plumage
Word Origin
C19: imitative of its cry
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Word Origin and History for pewee
n.

"flycatcher, lapwing," 1810, variant of pewit (q.v.). See also peewee.

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