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twee

Something is twee if it's a little too cute or overly adorable. A children's book that is sweet and sentimental, illustrated with squirrels in little dresses, could be described as twee.

You could call a flowery hat twee, or describe an elaborate tea party, complete with lacy napkins, fancy silverware, and dressed-up guests, as twee. The word is traditionally British, and its original meaning could have described a dollhouse: "tiny, dainty, or miniature." Much as tummy comes from stomach, twee stems from the (overly adorable) way a child might pronounce the word sweet.

Definitions of twee
  1. adjective
    affectedly dainty or refined
    synonyms: dainty, mincing, niminy-piminy, prim
    refined
    (used of persons and their behavior) cultivated and genteel
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