twee

(British). overly precious or nice


I have a feeling that this word is fairly common in England, but I hadn’t really noticed it before reading a review of “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” by Anthony Lane in the New Yorker: “If the movie has to forgo Lewis’s narrative tone, with its grimly Oxonian blend of the bluff and the twee (‘And now we come to one of the nastiest things in this story’), that is fine by me.” Of course, when I asked my wife about the word, she knew exactly what it meant.

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2 Responses to twee

  1. Dad says:

    Of course your wife knows about the word “twee”. During her formative years, she had several of them gwowing in her yard, and she learned that their shade was fwee.

  2. tammy says:

    i don’t know if i enjoyed the word of day (i’m a sucker for britishisms), or the first comment the most. a great laugh to start my tuesday!!

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