wheen
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English (Scots) quheyne, from Old English hwǣne, hwēne, adverb, somewhat, from instrumental of hwōn little, few Date: 14th century dialect British few 2 II. noun Date: 1680 dialect British a considerable number or amount

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  • Wheen — Wheen, n. [Cf. AS. hw[=e]ne, hw[=ae]ne, a little, somewhat, hw[=o]n little, few.] A quantity; a goodly number. [Scot.] A wheen other dogs. Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wheen — [hwēn, wēn] n. [ME qwheyn(e) < OE hwæne, instrumental case of hwōn, (a) few] [Scot. or North Eng.] a few or, sometimes, a considerable number …   English World dictionary

  • wheen — I. ˈ(h)wēn adjective Etymology: Middle English (Scots) quheyne, from Old English hwǣne, hwēne, adverb, somewhat, a little, instr. of hwōn little dialect Britain : not many : few get a wheen biscuits for the beasts J.J.Bell …   Useful english dictionary

  • wheen — Scottish Vernacular Dictionary A large amount (opposite of tickie)Fuxache, err s a wheen a fowk in here the night! …   English dialects glossary

  • wheen — /hween, ween/, Scot. and North Eng. adj. 1. few. n. 2. a few persons or things. [1325 75; ME (north) quheyn, OE hwene, instr. case of hwon few, a few] * * * …   Universalium

  • wheen — [wi:n] noun Scottish a considerable number or amount. Origin ME: from OE hwēne in some degree …   English new terms dictionary

  • wheen — [[t](h)win, win[/t]] Chiefly Scot. 1) scot. few 2) scot. a few persons or things • Etymology: 1325–75; ME (north) quheyn, OE hwēne, instr. case of hwōn few, a few …   From formal English to slang

  • wheen — /win/ (say ween) adjective Scottish a few. {Middle English, Old English hwéne in some degree, somewhat} …   Australian English dictionary

  • Francis Wheen — Francis James Baird Wheen (born 22 January 1957) is a British journalist, writer and broadcaster.Early lifeWheen was educated at Copthorne Prep School, Harrow School and Royal Holloway College, University of London. At Harrow he was a… …   Wikipedia

  • Arthur Wesley Wheen — (9 February 1897 ndash; 15 March 1971), MM 2 Bars, was an Australian who chose to live his adult life in England. His brilliance as a writer, linguist and historian was matched by his warmth and affection for family and friendsWho|date=July 2007 …   Wikipedia

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