Main definitions of wee in English

: wee1wee2

wee1

adjective

Scottish
  • Little.

    ‘when I was just a wee bairn’
    ‘the lyrics are a wee bit too sweet and sentimental’
    • ‘Now it might sound a wee bit cynical to suggest the board waited until it had the mandate to demutualise before it told members they wouldn't be getting quite as much as expected.’
    • ‘But some of them are a wee bit tired now, which is understandable in players so young.’
    • ‘If we tried to show appreciation to everybody else, just for a wee bit every day, I'm not saying the world would be perfect but it would be better.’
    • ‘The players battled away and believed in their own ability and I thought we were just a wee bit unlucky not to win the game.’
    • ‘As mentioned on Friday, I've been a wee bit tired of late, something that's been dragging on and off since before Xmas and it's getting a bit annoying all told.’
    • ‘And, if I'm being honest, I just hope that I can perform that wee bit better than everybody else.’
    • ‘Our bedroom, you have to understand, is tiny and wee.’
    • ‘Now wait on a minute, I'm not suggesting anything even a wee bit subversive.’
    • ‘He was ‘a wee bit apprehensive’ about coming to Lanarkshire with his wife and two-year-old son, only because it meant having to find a church he was happy with.’
    • ‘Jason had been in the kitchen for at least 5 minutes, and Sarah was getting a wee bit impatient.’
    • ‘He lived next door to me just through the wall from my bedroom in his own wee 1-bedroomed tenement flat.’
    • ‘When she had her own wee house you could have eaten a meal off the floor.’
    • ‘I remember quite liking it when I was wee.’
    • ‘He wonders if I am not being just a wee bit hypocritical in my praise of honest, humble work.’
    • ‘When I was wee, she used to tell me, I would call a cow a moo-moo.’
    • ‘We'd get into extremely competitive games when I was wee.’
    • ‘From a personal point of view, I would say I'm a wee bit jealous.’
    • ‘We've had a great eight years together now, and the arrival of wee baby Alex has placed us in a blissful state neither of us could have imagined possible.’
    • ‘‘The injury had been troubling him for a wee while,’ said Williamson.’
    • ‘I went down each morning to say my hellos to the pigs and the people: cute little wee black piglets and mighty great boars and snufflers.’
    little, small, tiny, minute, miniature, small-scale, compact, mini, undersized, diminutive, dwarf, midget, lilliputian, infinitesimal, microscopic, nanoscopic, minuscule, bijou, toy
    trivial, trifling, negligible, insignificant, unimportant, minor, of no account, of no consequence, of no importance, not worth bothering about, not worth mentioning, inconsequential, minimal, inappreciable, imperceptible, nugatory, petty
    teeny, teeny-weeny, teensy, teensy-weensy, itsy-bitsy, half-pint, dinky, piddling, piffling
    titchy
    little-bitty, vest-pocket
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Origin

Middle English (originally a noun use in Scots, usually as a little wee ‘a little bit’): from Old English wēg(e) (see wey).

Pronunciation:

wee

/wiː/

Main definitions of wee in English

: wee1wee2

wee2

noun

British
informal
  • 1[mass noun] Urine.

    ‘there was wee all over the floor’
    • ‘I've got my wee in a little bottle, in a little bag, in a larger bag, in my handbag.’
    • ‘It's been suggested that I check my wee for sugar.’
    • ‘Remember that in the average Australian's vocabulary, ‘taking a leak’ means producing a trickle of lukewarm wee.’
    • ‘The cake was legendary, the seats smelled of wee, the toilets were foul, but the film programme was diverse and amazing, and the staff are great people.’
    • ‘To quote Dave, ‘it smelt of camel wee.’’
    • ‘I'm worried that at some point, someone's got the purpose of those two rooms mixed up, as the stench of wee in the kitchen is unbelievable.’
    • ‘Actually, thinking back, it was the lady standing next to me that almost certainly smelled of cat wee.’
    • ‘More often than not, it's just a splash from the previous flush, but sometimes it's wee.’
    • ‘So I live on the 6th floor of a block of council flats reached by a lift which is always out of order and always smells of wee.’
    • ‘It was the smell of poo and wee, not the smell of death.’
    1. 1.1[count noun]An act of urinating.
      ‘I went in for a wee’
      • ‘In Brussels stands the Mannikin Pis, a statue of a small boy having a wee.’
      • ‘Why is it that I always get stuck in traffic jams on dual carriageways, where it is impossible to do a U-turn (or anything else about it), when I am dying for a wee?’
      • ‘After I finished off my wee, I turned round to see him watching me and waiting for an answer to his question.’
      • ‘After all I managed to run an entire Marathon without having a wee, so it was a bit rubbish if this dog couldn't even manage less than 500 metres without having to mark its territory.’
      • ‘I couldn't decide whether to throw up in the toilet (changed my mind when I saw how utterly disgusting it was), run or just go for a wee.’
      • ‘Desperate for a wee, he did two laps of the living room barking his shins and becoming increasingly panicky before finally locating the light switch and making good his escape.’
      • ‘Nice. If the dog needed a wee in the night I'd have to go with him, as the dog was impossibly large and ungainly, and the door was impossibly high off the ground.’
      • ‘After about mile six I did think that I maybe needed a wee, but I wasn't prepared to risk giving up the 30 seconds or so that this might add on to my time.’
      • ‘We kept walking, stopping off at a fast-food place to have a wee in their loo.’
      • ‘‘We were miles from anywhere and I needed a wee,’ she told him.’
      • ‘I decide to go for a quick wee - nothing comes out.’
      • ‘Well, you won't have your stickers until you've had a wee.’
      • ‘I wasted six months of our lives chasing him around with a bright green potty, screeching ‘Do you want a wee?’’
      • ‘Before the gig I went for a wee.’
      • ‘Once, she did a wee in the garden in front of everyone.’
      • ‘Now, what I should have done next was to kiss her back, but I was dying for a wee, and had no option other than to run for the loo?’
      • ‘At home, I tend not to let her have anything to drink after 7 pm and then lift her so she can have a wee at about 12 midnight.’
      • ‘Well, he had a wee, but then when I went to pick him up, he thought I was playing and started running about the place, and at one point tried climbing the fence.’
      • ‘Every so often they stopped and everybody got off and had a wee on the side of the road.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]British
informal
  • Urinate.

    • ‘I was getting really worried that he might wee in the taxi and I'd get a horrendous bill to pay for the car to be cleaned, so I let him out one more time and went out with him.’
    • ‘I knew Andrew had lost weight, he was weeing a lot, and was very tired and weak, so he had some but not all of the signs of diabetes mentioned on the site.’
    • ‘I strained, and strained, and strained - it felt like I was weeing, but nothing was coming out.’
    • ‘Despite having been taken outside 3 times before 3pm today, he still decided to wee on the floor while I was busy working upstairs.’
    • ‘He comes and wees on our dustbin quite regularly.’
    • ‘After having a dozen medical persons gaze at your intimate parts while you push out a baby and wee all over yourself, you become nonchalant about minor matters such as the wind blowing your skirt up.’
    • ‘My lunch companion had never seen a man weeing before and was delighted.’
    • ‘And one of them has managed to wee on the floor rather than where they should.’
    • ‘I stand at the urinal, carefully avoiding the gentleman's carrier bags next to me, and wee.’
    • ‘Another time I was watching a doctor examine a baby which started weeing.’
    • ‘It might take longer for boys to learn, especially as they also have to master weeing while standing up.’
    • ‘It's ok to wee in the sink, as long as you have the tap running.’
    • ‘Who wants to go down town and see all the dirt and the filth, and the drunks, people spitting and weeing and defecating, which they do.’
    • ‘Mummy comes in and takes her top and knickers off when she is drunk and wees on the carpet.’
    • ‘At midday the approach to the park was a familiar pre-rock concert landscape of men weeing under trees, jocular police and a revivalist with a megaphone: ‘I used to be a sinner like you; now I'm a winner.’’
    • ‘During my first night an old lady spent the whole night weeing on the floor and running round my bed touching me.’
    • ‘The hamster had a habit of backing against the bars and weeing over the edge, onto the carpet.’
    • ‘Why does diving makes you want to wee more frequently than you would on land?’
    • ‘Well, no sooner was the nappy off than she began to wee, and just as I had that covered, she began another frothy poo.’
    • ‘But when men start weeing wherever they feel like, it is indeed your duty to step in.’
    • ‘Their social life may be suffering too, if the cat's weeing all over the house.’
    • ‘Of course, it's all wonderfully shabby chic, with several large holes in the carpet and inadvertent additions from the couple's small black pug, which waddles about, snorting and, occasionally, weeing.’

Origin

1930s: imitative.

Pronunciation:

wee

/wiː/