wee

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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, 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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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

PronunciationEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

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 my, what’s going to happen with us.

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Middle DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

InterjectionEdit

wêe

  1. woe!

AdjectiveEdit

wêe

  1. unpleasant, painful

DeclensionEdit

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 weer, superlative weest)

  1. small, little, tiny

Usage notesEdit

Used in both the standard Scots and Ulster Scots dialect.

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