Origin of wheenMiddle English qwheyn(e) from Old English hwæne, instrumental case of hw?n, (a) few
- (UK dialectal) A little; a small number.
- (UK dialectal, Scotland, Northern Ireland) A quantity; a goodly number.
- A wheen other dogs. "” Sir Walter Scott.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
From Middle English *wheen, quhein (also hwan, hwon, quhon), from Old English hwÄ“ne, hwÇ£ne, instrumental form of Old English hwÅn (“little, few, a little, trifle, somewhat, a little while").