See also: Wee, weè, and wêe

EnglishEdit

 
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PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English wey, weygh, wegh, weȝe, wæȝe (little bit), from Old English wǣġ, wǣġe (weight), from Proto-Germanic *wēgō (scales, weight) and *wēgǭ (weight), related to Middle English weġan (to move, weigh) (15c).

AdjectiveEdit

wee (comparative weer, superlative weest)

  1. (Scotland, Ireland, Northern England, New Zealand) Small, little.
    • 1907, Barbara Baynton, Sally Krimmer; Alan Lawson, editors, Human Toll (Portable Australian Authors: Barbara Baynton), St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, published 1980, page 275:
      The beat of its wee heart held against her own, sent her intense maternity surging like the spring sap in a young tree.
    • 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.

AnagramsEdit


AfarEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /weː/
  • Hyphenation: wee

VerbEdit

wee

  1. (transitive) to lack

ConjugationEdit

This verb needs an inflection-table template.

ReferencesEdit

  • Mohamed Hassan Kamil (2015) L’afar: description grammaticale d’une langue couchitique (Djibouti, Erythrée et Ethiopie)[1], Paris: Université Sorbonne Paris Cité (doctoral thesis)

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. (archaic) sorrow, sadness, pain, woe (used in interjections of despair or annoyance)
    O wee, wat zal er van ons worden.
    Oh woe, what shall become of us.

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KikuyuEdit

PronounEdit

wee (second person singular)

  1. Alternative spelling of we (you, thou)

Middle DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

InterjectionEdit

wêe

  1. woe!

DescendantsEdit

  • Dutch: wee

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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Middle EnglishEdit

NounEdit

wee

  1. Alternative form of we (woe)

ScotsEdit

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

wee (comparative weer, superlative weest)

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

YolaEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English wiþ, from Old English wiþ.

PrepositionEdit

wee

  1. with

Derived termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

Jacob Poole (1867), William Barnes, editor, A Glossary, With some Pieces of Verse, of the old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, London: J. Russell Smith