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-West Germanic *wāgu, 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 (countable and uncountable, plural wees)

  1. (colloquial, uncountable) Urine.
  2. (colloquial, countable) 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): /ˈweː/
  • Hyphenation: wee

VerbEdit

wée (autobenefactive weyité)

  1. (transitive) lack
  2. (transitive) miss
  3. (auxiliary) Used to form the negative of some moods and aspects.

ConjugationEdit

    Conjugation of wee (irregular)
1st singular 2nd singular 3rd singular 1st plural 2nd plural 3rd plural
m f
perfective V-affirmative wéeh waytéh wéeh waytéh waynéh wayteeníh weeníh
N-affirmative wée wayté wée wayté wayné waytén wéen
negative máwanniyo máwannito máwanna máwanna máwannino máwanniton máwannon
imperfective V-affirmative wáah waytáh wáah waytáh waynáh waytaanáh waanáh
N-affirmative wáa waytá wáa waytá waytán wáan máwaa
negative máwayta máwaa máwayta máwayna máwaytan máwaan wéeliyoh, wéeyyoh
prospective V-affirmative wéelitoh, wéettoh wéeleh wéeleh wéelinoh, wéennoh wéelitoonuh, wéettoonuh wéeloonuh wéeliyo, wéeyyo
N-affirmative wéelito, wéetto wéele wéele wéelino, wéenno wéeliton, wéetton wéelon wáyuh
conjunctive I V-affirmative wáytuh wáyuh wáytuh wáynuh waytóonuh wóonuh wáyu
N-affirmative wáytu wáyu wáytu wáynu wáytoonu wóonu wée wáyuh
negative wée wáytuh wée wáyuh wée wáytuh wée wáynuh wée waytóonuh wée wóonuh wáankeh
conjunctive II V-affirmative waytánkeh wáankeh waytánkeh waynánkeh waytaanánkeh waanánkeh wáanke
N-affirmative waytánke wáanke waytánke waynánke waytaanánke waanánke wée wáankeh
negative wée waytánkeh wée wáankeh wée waytánkeh wée waynánkeh wée waytaanánkeh wée waanánkeh wáay
jussive affirmative wáytay wáay wáytay wáynay waytóonay wóonay wée wáay
negative wée wáytay wée wáay wée wáytay wée wáynay wée waytóonay wée wóonay wanniyóy
past
conditional
affirmative wannitóy wannáy wannáy wanninóy wannitóonuy wanninóonuy wée wóonay
negative wée wanniyóy wée wannitóy wée wannáy wée wannáy wée wanninóy wée wannitóonuy wée wanninóonuy
present
conditional I
affirmative wéek wayték wéek wayték waynék wayteeník weeník
negative wée wéek wée wayték wée wéek wée wayték wée waynék wée wayteeník wée weeník
singular plural singular plural
consultative affirmative wayóo waynóo imperative affirmative wáy wáya
negative mawayóo mawaynóo negative máwan máwana
-h converb -i form -k converb -in(n)uh converb -innuk converb infinitive indefinite participle
V-focus N-focus
wáah wáyi wáak wayínnuh wayínnuk wayíyya wannáanih wannáan
Compound tenses
past perfect affirmative perfective + perfective of én or sugé
present perfect affirmative perfective + imperfective of én
future perfect affirmative perfective + prospective of sugé
past progressive -k converb + imperfective of én or sugé
present progressive affirmative imperfect + imperfective of én
future progressive -k converb + prospective of sugé
immediate future affirmative conjunctive I + imperfective of wée
imperfect potential I affirmative conjunctive I + imperfective of takké
imperfect
potential II
affirmative imperfective + -m + takké
negative wée + imperfective of wée + -m + takké
perfect
potential
affirmative perfective + -m + takké
negative wée + perfective of wée + -m + takké
present
conditional II
affirmative imperfective + object pronoun + tekkék
negative wée + perfective of wée + object pronoun + tekkék
perfect
conditional
affirmative perfective + imperfective of sugé + -k
negative perfective + sugé + imperfective of wée -k
irrealis wée + perfective of xaaxé or raaré

ReferencesEdit

  • E. M. Parker; R. J. Hayward (1985), “wee”, in An Afar-English-French dictionary (with Grammatical Notes in English), University of London, →ISBN
  • 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 Old Dutch *wē, from Proto-West Germanic *wai, 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-West Germanic *wai.

PronunciationEdit

InterjectionEdit

wêe

  1. woe!

DescendantsEdit

  • Dutch: wee

AdjectiveEdit

wêe

  1. unpleasant, painful

InflectionEdit

This adjective needs an inflection-table template.

DescendantsEdit

NounEdit

wêe f

  1. pain

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Middle EnglishEdit

NounEdit

wee

  1. Alternative form of we (woe)

ScotsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old English wēġ(e), wǣġ (unit of weight).

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

wee (comparative weer, superlative weest)

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

YolaEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English wiþ, from Old English wiþ.

Alternative formsEdit

PrepositionEdit

wee

  1. with
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Etymology 2Edit

PronounEdit

wee

  1. Alternative form of wough (we)
    • 1867, GLOSSARY OF THE DIALECT OF FORTH AND BARGY:
      Note will wee dra aaght to-die?
      I don't know will we draw any to-day?

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, page 59 & 77