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twee

 (twē)
adj. Chiefly British
Overly precious or nice.

[Alteration of tweet, baby-talk alteration of sweet.]
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twee

(twiː)
adj
Brit excessively sentimental, sweet, or pretty
[C19: from tweet, mincing or affected pronunciation of sweet]
ˈtweely adv
ˈtweeness n
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twee

(twi)

adj.
affectedly dainty or elegant.
[1900–05; appar. reduced from tweet (perhaps via pronoun twiˀ), mimicking child's pronoun of sweet]
twee′ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.twee - affectedly dainty or refinedtwee - affectedly dainty or refined  
refined - (used of persons and their behavior) cultivated and genteel; "she was delicate and refined and unused to hardship"; "refined people with refined taste"
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twee

adjective (Informal)
1. sweet, pretty, cute, sentimental, quaint, dainty, cutesy (informal, chiefly U.S.), bijou, precious twee musical boxes shaped like cottages
2. sentimental, over-sentimental, soppy (Brit. informal), mawkish, affected, precious Although twee at times, the script is well-constructed.
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Translations

twee

[twiː] ADJ (Brit) (pej) → cursi, afectado
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

twee

adj (+er) (Brit inf) → niedlich, putzig (inf); mannergeziert; clothesniedlich; descriptionverniedlichend; expressiongekünstelt; wordszuckersüß; it sounds tweees klingt geziert
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

twee

[twiː] adj (Brit) (fam, pej) (person) → affettato/a; (decor) → lezioso/a
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