Definitions

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

  • adj. Chiefly British Overly precious or nice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Overly quaint, dainty, cute or nice.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as étui. Planché, p. 183.

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

  • adj. affectedly dainty or refined

Etymologies

Alteration of tweet, baby-talk alteration of sweet.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From a childish pronunciation of sweet. The Oxford English Dictionary records the first use in 1905 in Punch. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • For example, when you are in babel's dutch language mode you can write twee "en in which" is a trema, which is not equivalent to twee\ "en, which is then (actually always) specifically an umlaut.

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  • Yes, Juno's twee, and that's annoying, and no, twee is not the argument against that stupid flick that I want to push.

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  • This audio labor of love for longtime friends Curt Kentner and Mark Rothkopf is built upon a deep-rooted love for the music-primarily anchored to the genre of indie pop, or the slightly less complimentary tag of "twee" - they've released over these past 10 years.

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  • WARD: The English have a word, twee, which is hard to define, but once you've been exposed to it, you know it when you hear it.

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  • Facing each other, marked out by enclosures of wires, keyboards, desks, assorted electronics, James Cargill and Trish Keenan begin building up a set of serious guile, the competent accretion of a decade's thoughtful knob twiddling and psychedelic exploration that has seen them move from what could almost be called a twee band, a mid-90s Warp oddity, to a fully fledged experimental outifit.

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  • If they used to be called twee, they now ally their simple catchy pop with a power that sees them take on Ash on their own territory and win.

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  • Anyone with an allergy to what the British call twee might have started to itch about then.

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  • And did you know, the word 'twee' in English, which means overly-cutesy, is the Dutch word for 'two'?

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  • You can take a hipster out of Brooklyn, but you can't take the "twee" out of "tweed."

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  • It's not an epic fantasy, but neither is it the kind of twee and fairy-riddled work the synopsis or its reputation as a 'woodland fantasy' suggests.

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  • Elmer Fudd'ish for Tree

    February 19, 2013

  • Twee-pop, a very happy genre of music indeed.

    August 9, 2009

  • love this word

    June 20, 2009