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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When she had her own wee house you could have eaten a meal off the floor.’
    • ‘We'd get into extremely competitive games when I was wee.’
    • ‘Jason had been in the kitchen for at least 5 minutes, and Sarah was getting a wee bit impatient.’
    • ‘But some of them are a wee bit tired now, which is understandable in players so young.’
    • ‘I remember quite liking it when I was wee.’
    • ‘Our bedroom, you have to understand, is tiny and wee.’
    • ‘And, if I'm being honest, I just hope that I can perform that wee bit better than everybody else.’
    • ‘Now wait on a minute, I'm not suggesting anything even a wee bit subversive.’
    • ‘He lived next door to me just through the wall from my bedroom in his own wee 1-bedroomed tenement flat.’
    • ‘He wonders if I am not being just a wee bit hypocritical in my praise of honest, humble work.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 injury had been troubling him for a wee while,’ said Williamson.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When I was wee, she used to tell me, I would call a cow a moo-moo.’
    • ‘From a personal point of view, I would say I'm a wee bit jealous.’
    little, small, tiny, minute, miniature, small-scale, compact, mini, undersized, diminutive, dwarf, midget, lilliputian, infinitesimal, microscopic, nanoscopic, minuscule, bijou, toy
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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

mass nounBritish
informal
  • 1Urine.

    ‘there was wee all over the floor’
    • ‘Actually, thinking back, it was the lady standing next to me that almost certainly smelled of cat wee.’
    • ‘It's been suggested that I check my wee for sugar.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘More often than not, it's just a splash from the previous flush, but sometimes it's 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.’
    • ‘To quote Dave, ‘it smelt of camel wee.’’
    • ‘Remember that in the average Australian's vocabulary, ‘taking a leak’ means producing a trickle of lukewarm wee.’
    • ‘It was the smell of poo and wee, not the smell of death.’
    • ‘I've got my wee in a little bottle, in a little bag, in a larger bag, in my handbag.’
    1. 1.1count noun An act of urinating.
      ‘I went in for a wee’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We kept walking, stopping off at a fast-food place to have a wee in their loo.’
      • ‘After I finished off my wee, I turned round to see him watching me and waiting for an answer to his question.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I wasted six months of our lives chasing him around with a bright green potty, screeching ‘Do you want a wee?’’
      • ‘In Brussels stands the Mannikin Pis, a statue of a small boy having a wee.’
      • ‘Once, she did a wee in the garden in front of everyone.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Well, you won't have your stickers until you've had a wee.’
      • ‘Before the gig I went for a wee.’
      • ‘I decide to go for a quick wee - nothing comes out.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘We were miles from anywhere and I needed a wee,’ she told him.’

verb

[no object]British
informal
  • Urinate.

    • ‘My lunch companion had never seen a man weeing before and was delighted.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And one of them has managed to wee on the floor rather than where they should.’
    • ‘Why does diving makes you want to wee more frequently than you would on land?’
    • ‘Despite having been taken outside 3 times before 3pm today, he still decided to wee on the floor while I was busy working upstairs.’
    • ‘During my first night an old lady spent the whole night weeing on the floor and running round my bed touching me.’
    • ‘I strained, and strained, and strained - it felt like I was weeing, but nothing was coming out.’
    • ‘He comes and wees on our dustbin quite regularly.’
    • ‘The hamster had a habit of backing against the bars and weeing over the edge, onto the carpet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's ok to wee in the sink, as long as you have the tap running.’
    • ‘I stand at the urinal, carefully avoiding the gentleman's carrier bags next to me, and wee.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It might take longer for boys to learn, especially as they also have to master weeing while standing up.’
    • ‘Well, no sooner was the nappy off than she began to wee, and just as I had that covered, she began another frothy poo.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Another time I was watching a doctor examine a baby which started weeing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mummy comes in and takes her top and knickers off when she is drunk and wees on the carpet.’

Origin

1930s: imitative.

Pronunciation

wee

/wiː/