Sally M (sallymn) wrote in 1word1day,
Sally M

Sunday Word: Twee

twee [twee]
1. British: excessively or affectedly quaint, dainty, or cute


Frankfurt was long pitched as a twee German city like Munich, complete with Christmas market and Ebbelwoi (the rather acidic local apple wine). (Frankfurt woos London bankers The Economist)

In a sense, all vintage toys are twee , but I have a personal distaste for Legos that I cannot explain. (Scott Porch, What the Hell Is 'Twee'? A Genre? A Mindset? An Art Form? The Economist)

It turns out that a twee little drawing on the bill made by the waiter also encourages a more generous tip. (Sunday Times, (2013)


1900-05; apparently reduced from tweet (perhaps via pronunciation twi? ), mimicking child's pronunciation of sweet (

Twee originated in baby talk as an alteration of sweet. In the early 1900s, it was a term of affection, but nowadays British speakers and writers - and, increasingly, Americans as well - use twee for things that have passed beyond agreeable and into the realm of cloying. (Merriam-Webster).

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