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Twee

[twee]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: British, early 20th century

1.

Excessively or affectedly quaint, pretty, or sentimental.

Examples of Twee in a sentence

"Mary Beth had a fascination with all things twee."

"The porcelain, flowered tea set was a twee addition to her kitchenware."

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About Twee

This word stems from the childish pronunciation of the word “sweet.”

Did you Know?

In 2014, James Parker wrote about the “Twee Revolution” in “The Atlantic.” He bemoaned touchstones of the twee aesthetic that were popular at the time, such as Wes Anderson movies, men with exaggerated mustaches, actress Zooey Deschanel’s quirky public persona, and the band Belle and Sebastian.

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