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wee

adjective
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
weed the garden (=remove unwanted wild plants)
▪ She was outside weeding the garden.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
bit
▪ As for the holiday, I agree with you, it sounds a wee bit unlikely.
▪ Reason I ask, Mr Rasmussen says you seemed a wee bit tipsy.
▪ We have been lacking a wee bit of professionalism recently.
▪ He is hapless, passive and maybe just a wee bit smug.
▪ Monica is a wee bit overweight.
▪ There is no label on the bottle, it tastes a wee bit vinegary.
▪ It is a wee bit disconcerting when you can hear yourself think in a pub these days.
▪ If you're not a lover of platform games it could be a wee bit tedious.
boy
▪ And Tam would turn up at the hospital like a wee boy.
▪ Now it was his aunt Elizabeth who nominated him, mostly because she says he's a great, considerate wee boy.
▪ Men, honestly, wee boys at heart.
▪ As a wee boy I knew the jargon of the Ayrshire pits, names and terms incomprehensible to the uninitiated.
▪ You're a brave wee boy.
▪ But my best friend gives her wee boy chocolate all the time and doesn't see anything wrong with it.
▪ Even as a wee boy I had considered it an unfair exchange.
hours
▪ We got to Sabinal in the wee hours before dawn.
▪ Their video-age medicine shows run on dozens of cable and broadcast outlets in the wee hours.
▪ Where else can such a thought be debated ad nauseam into the wee hours of a boring Tuesday?
▪ For safety, a night light comes on at the top of the stairs when some one emerges in the wee hours.
▪ Soul musicians are, by nature, nocturnal, so many of his interviews would take place in the wee hours.
man
▪ The wee men were there in force.
▪ Today I am only a wee man, 5 feet 4 inches in height.
▪ On you go, wee man.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
the weed
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ a wee girl
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ And wee Kate and Joshua are just plain gorgeous even though it's their Granny talking.
▪ Cameron thought of the wee man's rubbery face, his busy scurrying movements - his compulsive drinking.
▪ How old's the wee bairn?
▪ Reason I ask, Mr Rasmussen says you seemed a wee bit tipsy.
▪ Seen a wee skirt in Miss Selfridge.
▪ She has got a great wee figure.
▪ The Highlanders were very generous, not only with their bagpipe reeds but also with their wee drams.
▪ There are many big sharks waiting for the wee Minister to announce the terms of these sales.
WordNet

wee

  1. adj. (used informally) very small; "a wee tot" [syn: bitty, bittie, teensy, teentsy, teeny, weeny, weensy, teensy-weensy, teeny-weeny, itty-bitty, itsy-bitsy]

  2. very early; "the wee hours of the morning"

wee

n. a short time; "bide a wee"

wee

v. eliminate urine; "Again, the cat had made on the expensive rug" [syn: make, urinate, piddle, puddle, micturate, piss, pee, pee-pee, make water, relieve oneself, take a leak, spend a penny, wee-wee, pass water]

The Collaborative International Dictionary

Wee

Wee \Wee\, n. [OE. we a bit, in a little we, probably originally meaning, a little way, the word we for wei being later taken as synonymous with little. See Way.] A little; a bit, as of space, time, or distance. [Obs. or Scot.]

Wee

Wee \Wee\, a. Very small; little. [Colloq. & Scot.]

A little wee face, with a little yellow beard.
--Shak.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

wee

"extremely small," mid-15c., from earlier noun use in sense of "quantity, amount" (such as a littel wei "a little thing or amount," c.1300), from Old English wæge "weight" (see weigh). Adjectival use wee bit apparently developed as parallel to such forms as a bit thing "a little thing." Wee hours is attested by 1891, from Scottish phrase wee sma' hours (1819). Wee folk "faeries" is recorded from 1819. Weeny "tiny, small" is from 1790.

Wiktionary

wee

Etymology 1

  1. (context Scotland Northern Ireland North England NZ English) small, little. Etymology 2

    n. 1 (context colloquial uncountable English) urine 2 (context colloquial English) An act of urination. v

  2. (context colloquial English) To urinate.

Usage examples of "wee".

This wee may guesse from the fiery influence of the Sunne, the watery and aereous influence of the Moone, as also the matereall heavinesse of the earth.

Dogs, some following such as flyed, some invading such as stood still, some tearing those which lay prostrate, but generally there were none which escaped cleare: Behold upon this another danger ensued, the Inhabitants of the Towne stood in their garrets and windowes, throwing great stones upon our heads, that wee could not tell whether it were best for us to avoyd the gaping mouthes of the Dogges at hand or the perill of the stones afarre, amongst whome there was one that hurled a great flint upon a woman, which sate upon my backe, who cryed out pitiously, desiring her husband to helpe her.

A sort of wild, rangy presence, not physically threatening to a grown man perhaps, but he could understand how he was able to dominate his roommate Beano, and to attract a tasty wee girl like that Andrina, even though she was a few years older than him.

Voordat hij ernaar kon vragen was het beeld weer weggedreven, verloren in pulserende flitsen van stralende kleuren en ritmisch gezang.

And to the intent you may beleeve me I will shew you an example : wee were come nothing nigh to Thebes, where is the fountain of our art and science, but we learned where a rich Chuffe called Chriseros did dwell, who for fear of offices in the publique wel dissembled his estate, and lived sole and solitary in a small coat, howbeit replenished with aboundance of treasure, and went daily in ragged and torn apparel.

And it shall be registred in the bookes of Doctours, that an Asse saved the life of a young maiden that was captive amongst Theeves : Thou shalt be numbred amongst the ancient miracles : wee beleeve that by like example of truth Phryxus saved himselfe from drowning upon the Ram, Arion escaped upon a Dolphin, and that Europa was delivered by the Bull.

Pas maanden later zou hij zich die blik weer herinneren om hem de rest van zijn leven niet meer te vergeten.

Evengoed richtte hij zijn blik weer op de heuvels achter de binnenplaats.

I care not a bodle if a young gentleman flings his heels and is a wee bit wild in his conversation.

The wee burdie always has tae leap from the nest to see if it can fly.

Modesty was covering that, with the help of the dannert wire that she and Willie had off-loaded from the van and piled in the porch and across the front windows while Wee Jock was striking his first blow.

Dandie Dinmont and his terriers--Mustard and Pepper and other spicy wee rascals.

Bijna was zij te vergelijken met het door de lucht snorren van een rieten pijl, die door den wind naar rechts en naar links wordt gedreven, en ondanks deze afwijkingen, toch weer in de juiste baan komt, en het doel treft.

De theologische grondslag voor een missie was al tientallen jaren eerder gelegd: alleen het aantal planeten in het heelal wees er al op dat de mens niet het enige doel van de schepping was.

If shee had any light of her owne then that would in it selfe be, either such a ruddy brightnesse as appeares in the eclipses, or else such a leaden duskish light as wee see in the darker parts of her body, when shee is a little past the conjunction.