We use cookies to enhance your experience on our website. By continuing to use our website, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Find out moreJump to Main NavigationJump to Content
  • Text size: A
  • A

eeny-weeny, adj.

Keywords:
Quotations:
Forms:  18– eeny-weeny, 19– eeney-weeney, 19– eenie-weenie, 19– eenie-weinie. (Show Less)
Frequency (in current use): 
Origin: A variant or alteration of another lexical item. Etymon: teeny-weeny adj.
Etymology: Variant (with loss of the initial consonant) of teeny-weeny adj.
 
Compare eensy-weensy adj.
Compare the following earlier example of teeny eeny weeny:
1879   A. G. Griffiths Wayward Woman v. 124   My beautiful beauty, my love, my teeny eeny weeny doggie.
colloq.

  Extremely small; tiny, minuscule, miniature. Also fig.: minor, insignificant.

1894   Narka (Kansas) News 7 Sept.   He [sc. a pet fox] was an eeny weeny cunning little red darling.
1904   Charities 3 Sept. 916/1   If I should shut the door so there would be just an eeny weeny little crack—would He see me then?
1938   Mail (Adelaide) 11 June 31/6   I used a little eeny weeny bit, just a teeny flick of wax.
1999   D. Mitchell Ghostwritten 244   One last eeny-weeny thing, Miss Latunsky.

1894—1999(Hide quotations)

 

This is a new entry (OED Third Edition, September 2018).