from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal One, such as a child, that is relatively or unusually small.
  • n. Variant of pewee.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A short or small person; a small object.
  • n. A kind of small marble in children's games.
  • n. A player in a sports league for very young children.
  • n. A magpie-lark or mudlark, Grallina cyanoleuca.
  • n. A pewee.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. disparaging terms for small people
  • n. small olive-colored woodland flycatchers of eastern North America


Probably reduplication of wee.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Probably reduplication of wee ("small"). (Wiktionary)
Probably from onomatopoeia of the birds' songs. (Wiktionary)


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