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EnglishEdit

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PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English we (little bit), from Old English wǣge (weight), related to Old English wegan (to move, weigh) (15c).

AdjectiveEdit

wee (comparative weer, superlative weest)

  1. (Scotland, Northern Ireland, North England, New Zealand) Small, little.
    • 2008, James Kelman, Kieron Smith, Boy, Penguin 2009, p. 73:
      I had not seen a wee boy do it like that before. He was weer than me and his swimming was just like splashing about.
    You looked a little cold so I lit a wee fire.
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ReferencesEdit

  • Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary: Tenth Edition (1997)

Etymology 2Edit

Unknown

NounEdit

wee (uncountable)

  1. (colloquial, uncountable) urine
  2. (colloquial) An act of urination.
    to have a wee
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VerbEdit

wee (third-person singular simple present wees, present participle weeing, simple past and past participle weed)

  1. (colloquial) To urinate.
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DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *wai. Compare Old English (English woe), Old High German (German weh), Old Norse vei.

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AdjectiveEdit

wee (not comparable)

  1. nauseating

DeclensionEdit

NounEdit

wee f (plural weeën, diminutive weetje n)

  1. contraction during labour or childbirth
    De weeën beginnen!
    The contractions are starting!
  2. sorrow, sadness, pain, woe; archaic unless used as an interjection of despair or annoyance
    O wee, wat zal er van ons worden.
    Oh my, what’s going to happen with us.

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Middle DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Dutch *wē, from Proto-Germanic *wai.

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InterjectionEdit

wêe

  1. woe!

AdjectiveEdit

wêe

  1. unpleasant, painful

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This adjective needs an inflection-table template.

NounEdit

wêe f

  1. pain

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This noun needs an inflection-table template.


ScotsEdit

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

wee (comparative mair wee, superlative maist wee)

  1. small, little

Usage notesEdit

Used in both the standard Scots and Ulster Scots dialect.