wee

[wee]
adjective, weer, weest.
1.
little; very small.
2.
very early: in the wee hours of the morning.

Origin:
before 1150 for an earlier sense; Middle English we, variant of wei (small) quantity, Old English wēg, Anglian form of wǣge weight, akin to wegan to weigh1


1. tiny, diminutive; minuscule.
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wee1 (wiː)
 
adj
1.  very small; tiny; minute
 
n
2.  chiefly (Scot) a short time (esp in the phrase bide a wee.)
 
[C13: from Old English wǣgweight]

wee2 (wiː)
 
n
1.  a.  the act or an instance of urinating
 b.  urine
 
vb
2.  (intr) to urinate
 
[of unknown origin]

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Word Origin & History

wee
"extremely small," c.1450, from earlier noun use in sense of "quantity, amount" (cf. a littel wei "a little thing or amount," c.1300), from O.E. wæge "weight" (see weigh). Adj. use wee bit apparently developed as parallel to such forms as a bit thing "a little thing."
Wee hours is attested by 1891, from Scot. wee sma' hours (1787, Burns). Wee folk "faeries" is recorded from 1819. Weeny "tiny, small" is from 1790.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
WEE
western equine encephalomyelitis
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Example sentences
But the labour worked seven days per week, and into the wee small hours.
Making decisions, even small ones about which shirt or tie to wear, can be challenging in the wee hours.
The tasting menu, a multi-course extravaganza of wee portions.
Ford is developing its smallest engine ever, a wee little three-cylinder mill
  with the displacement of a soda bottle.
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