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[wee] /wi/
adjective, weer, weest.
little; very small.
very early:
in the wee hours of the morning.
Origin of wee
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. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for wee
  • 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.
  • It takes time to build mutual trust, particularly when one party was forsaken by the other in the wee hours of need.
  • Sure, you can throw the ball around with the wee ones or reconnect with that pickup basketball league you've been putting off.
  • Still on the subject of swearing as part of language, a couple of other references came to mind in the wee hours.
  • The trickier part is figuring out when you should show your wee geek which movies.
  • But even in a population of intrepid adrenaline addicts, finding recruits for that mission might be a wee bit tough.
  • His main pastime seems to be playing penny slots in the wee hours of the morning.
British Dictionary definitions for wee


very small; tiny; minute
(mainly Scot) a short time (esp in the phrase bide a wee.)
Word Origin
C13: from Old English wǣgweight


  1. the act or an instance of urinating
  2. urine
(intransitive) to urinate
Also called wee-wee
Word Origin
of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for wee

"extremely small," mid-15c., from earlier noun use in sense of "quantity, amount" (cf. a littel wei "a little thing or amount," c.1300), from Old English 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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western equine encephalomyelitis
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