adjective Etymology: baby-talk alteration of sweet Date: 1905 chiefly British affectedly or excessively dainty, delicate, cute, or quaint <
such a theme might sound twee or corny — Times Literary Supplement

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  • twee — twee·dle·dum; twee·tle; twee; twee·dle; …   English syllables

  • twee — /twee/, adj. Chiefly Brit. affectedly dainty or quaint: twee writing about furry little creatures. [1900 05; appar. reduced from tweet (perh. via pron. twi), mimicking child s pron. of SWEET] * * * …   Universalium

  • twee — [twi:] adj BrE [Date: 1900 2000; Origin: A baby s way of saying sweet] very pretty or perfect, in a way that you find silly or unpleasant ▪ She produced twee little flower paintings …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • twee — [ twi ] adjective BRITISH something that is twee is intended to be attractive but seems too perfect to be real …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Twee — is a word you would generally hear older people say. It means dainty orquaint. A bit like the way you chaps think of England I suppose …   The American's guide to speaking British

  • twee — tiny, dainty, miniature, 1905, from childish pronunciation of SWEET (Cf. sweet) …   Etymology dictionary

  • twee — ► ADJECTIVE (tweer, tweest) Brit. ▪ excessively or affectedly quaint, pretty, or sentimental. ORIGIN representing a child s pronunciation of SWEET(Cf. ↑sweetly) …   English terms dictionary

  • twee — [twē] adj. [back form. < tweet, in same sense < child s pronun. of SWEET] Brit. affectedly clever, dainty, sweet, etc …   English World dictionary

  • twee — adjective /twiː/ Overly quaint, dainty, cute or nice. Those Beatrix Potter animals are a little twee for my taste. Syn: precious, saccharine, syrupy See Also …   Wiktionary

  • twee — adjective BrE something that is twee looks too pretty or perfect: That picture of little cottages with lace curtains is rather twee …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • twee — UK [twiː] / US [twɪ] adjective British something that is twee is intended to be attractive but seems too perfect to be real little girls in twee designer dresses …   English dictionary

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