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See also: Wee, weè, and wêe

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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 Middle English wegan (to move, weigh) (15c).

AdjectiveEdit

wee (comparative weer, superlative weest)

  1. (Scotland, Northern Ireland, Northern 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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NounEdit

wee

  1. A short time or short distance.

ReferencesEdit

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

Etymology 2Edit

Onomatopoeic for the sound of urination. The noun derives from the verb.

NounEdit

wee (uncountable)

  1. (colloquial, uncountable) Urine.
  2. (colloquial) An act of urination.
    I need 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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Etymology 3Edit

PronounEdit

wee (personal pronoun)

  1. obsolete emphatic of we
    • 1645 Marhc, John Milton, Tetrachordon.
      Yet lest wee should be Capernaitans, as wee are told there that the flesh profiteth nothing, so wee are told heer, if we be not as deaf as adders, that this union of the flesh proceeds from the union of a fit help and solace.

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DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

wee (not comparable)

  1. nauseating

InflectionEdit

Inflection of wee
uninflected wee
inflected weeë
comparative
positive
predicative/adverbial wee
indefinite m./f. sing. weeë
n. sing. wee
plural weeë
definite weeë
partitive wees

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 woe, what shall become of us.

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Middle DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

InterjectionEdit

wêe

  1. woe!

DescendantsEdit

AdjectiveEdit

wêe

  1. unpleasant, painful

InflectionEdit

This adjective needs an inflection-table template.

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NounEdit

wêe f

  1. pain

InflectionEdit

This noun needs an inflection-table template.

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Further readingEdit

  • wee”, in Vroegmiddelnederlands Woordenboek, 2000
  • wee (I)”, in Middelnederlandsch Woordenboek, 1929

ScotsEdit

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

wee (comparative weer, superlative weest)

  1. (standard, Ulster) small, little, tiny