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plural noun
hours after midnight; early morning hours:
We danced into the small hours.
plural noun
the small hours, the early hours of the morning, after midnight and before dawn
Also, wee hours. The hours following midnight, as in I stayed up working through the small hours, or The parents didn’t come home until the wee hours. The adjectives small and wee both refer to the low numbers of those hours (one o’clock, two o’clock, etc.). [ c. 1830 ]


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