Definition of twee in English:

twee

adjective

British
  • Excessively or affectedly quaint, pretty, or sentimental:

    ‘although the film's a bit twee, it's watchable’
    • ‘‘It is the the most twee and vulgar thing I have ever seen in my life,’ he said.’
    • ‘It felt twee and tried to be overly sentimental which didn't work because I didn't feel any closeness towards any of the characters.’
    • ‘The restaurant is spacious and pretty without being twee and the adjoining low-ceilinged pub is comfy, cosy and welcoming.’
    • ‘There is a clear affinity between actor and character that spills over into the sunny nature of a film that could so easily have seemed twee or sugar-coated.’
    • ‘It just sounds too twee, too English, too old-fashioned.’
    • ‘Cosy can mean both warm and comforting or irritatingly twee and conventional, even sentimental and kitsch: the German gemtlich.’
    • ‘It's this cavalcade of architectural styles, all stopping around 1850, that the critics deride for being twee.’
    • ‘But don't assume that open wood and peat-burning fires translate into twee and chintzy cosiness.’
    • ‘The designs are quirky and the techniques innovative, distinguishing them from the twee associations that craft and knitwear often suffer from.’
    • ‘By another strange twist of fortune, sweets seem to be creeping up - market again with the recent flowering of twee shops on heritage high streets.’
    • ‘The presumption people have when they see a toile is that it's going to be full of shepherdesses leading sheep up garden paths and they expect it to be rather on the twee side.’
    • ‘The shops are twee and cute and sell a million varieties of soap; you could browse for a lifetime upgrading your T-shirt collection.’
    • ‘The one ride I know that is incredibly twee and sweet is called ‘Its a Small World’.’
    • ‘However I'm conscious of not wanting to sound twee, and I'd been practicing every night so I felt really prepared to do my own thing.’
    • ‘Disturbingly, it's from some twee site devoted to British Sixties culture…’
    • ‘Structure-wise it's incredibly flawed, the climax is rushed, the middle is confused, and the beginning is painfully twee.’
    • ‘I mean, come on: this was going to be some insufferably twee tale about the friendship between two feisty old biddies.’
    • ‘I didn't want to make nice, twee little paintings.’
    • ‘Not all of them will convert into nice twee homes.’
    • ‘I thought when I first started the book that this mechanism was going to make it a bit twee, and perhaps repetitive and dull, but this is absolutely not the case.’
    sentimental, over-sentimental, mawkish, affected, precious
    quaint, sweet, bijou, dainty, pretty, pretty-pretty
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Origin

Early 20th century: representing a child's pronunciation of sweet.

Pronunciation:

twee

/twiː/