Definition of twee in English:


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Pronunciation: /twiː

adjective (tweer /ˈtwiːə/, tweest /ˈtwiːɪst/)

Excessively or affectedly quaint, pretty, or sentimental: although the film’s a bit twee, it’s watchable
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  • The restaurant is spacious and pretty without being twee and the adjoining low-ceilinged pub is comfy, cosy and welcoming.
  • The shops are twee and cute and sell a million varieties of soap; you could browse for a lifetime upgrading your T-shirt collection.
  • The one ride I know that is incredibly twee and sweet is called ‘Its a Small World’.
quaint, sweet, bijou, dainty, pretty, pretty-pretty
informal cute, cutesy
sentimental, over-sentimental, mawkish, affected, precious
British informal soppy


early 20th century: representing a child's pronunciation of sweet.



More example sentences
  • Even more vomit-inducing is a particularly distressing variant of the little yellow sign that proudly but tweely proclaims ‘Small Person On Board’.
  • The Tea room is a converted farm out - building which has a terrace outside and a rather tweely decorated interior.
  • But they were tweely sweet and in keeping with the old world charm of Hertford.


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  • The tiny hotel, technically a ‘restaurant with rooms’ as it has only five of them, is a haven of oak-beamed loveliness without an ounce of tweeness to spoil it.
  • Every detail of the plot reeks of tweeness, and the score never quite decides whether it is intended as a fairy-tale operetta or a light-hearted musical.
  • More to the point, there was none of the provincial tweeness I had expected to find, only a bright but welcoming interior and a menu that made the mouth water.

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