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[hween, ween] /ʰwin, win/ Scot. and North England
a few persons or things.
Origin of wheen
1325-75; Middle English (north) quheyn, Old English hwēne, instrumental case of hwōn few, a few Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Just a wheen auld wives that packed thegether they haven't room for an extra hen.

    Huntingtower John Buchan
  • This very night we will ride over into Ettrick, and lift a wheen o' them.

    Tales From Scottish Ballads Elizabeth W. Grierson
  • In the meantime, I must be looking for a wheen mussels to roast for my breakfast.

    The Scottish Fairy Book Elizabeth W. Grierson
  • "They're just a wheen clouts I was sorting out," she faltered.

    The House with the Green Shutters George Douglas Brown
  • There was fancy words in't I never heard in a' my life, and I've kent a wheen o' cairters.

    Erchie (AKA Hugh Foulis) Neil Munro
  • What herm is there in a wheen innocent muskitties, fur instance?

    In Search of El Dorado Alexander MacDonald
  • Sae ye see hoo they war a wheen selfish crayturs, an' a hantle waur nor the man 'at was led astray into an ill deed.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • Then he began to tell me a wheen stories, each one having to do with drinking.

  • A wheen blue an' puffy, but the pulse is better than I would have expeckit.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • I doubt there will be little made of them:—They're but a wheen gillie-gaupies at the best, an nae freends to us.

British Dictionary definitions for wheen


/wiːn; Scottish hwiːn/
determiner (Scot & Northern English, dialect)
few; some
(preceded by a)
  1. a small number of
  2. a good number of
  3. (as pronoun; functioning as plural): a wheen of years
Word Origin
Old English hwēne, instrumental of hwōn few, a few
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