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[weed] /wid/
a valueless plant growing wild, especially one that grows on cultivated ground to the exclusion or injury of the desired crop.
any undesirable or troublesome plant, especially one that grows profusely where it is not wanted:
The vacant lot was covered with weeds.
Informal. a cigarette or cigar.
Slang. a marijuana cigarette.
a thin, ungainly person or animal.
a wretched or useless animal, especially a horse unfit for racing or breeding purposes.
the weed.
  1. Informal. tobacco.
  2. Slang. marijuana.
verb (used with object)
to free from weeds or troublesome plants; root out weeds from:
to weed a garden.
to root out or remove (a weed or weeds), as from a garden (often followed by out):
to weed out crab grass from a lawn.
to remove as being undesirable, inefficient, or superfluous (often followed by out):
to weed out inexperienced players.
to rid (something) of undesirable or superfluous elements.
verb (used without object)
to remove weeds or the like.
(deep) in / into the weeds, Slang.
  1. (of a restaurant worker) overwhelmed and falling behind in serving customers:
    Our waitress was so deep in the weeds that we waited 40 minutes for our burgers.
  2. in trouble; overwhelmed by problems:
    He knows our marriage is in deep weeds.
  3. involved in the details:
    I’m in the weeds of planning my wedding.
Also, in deep weeds.
Origin of weed1
before 900; Middle English wede, Old English wēod; cognate with Old Saxon wiod weed, Middle Dutch wiet fern
Related forms
weedless, adjective
weedlike, adjective
unweeded, adjective Unabridged
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  • When they got too thick, they were weeded out; and when one sort died, it was renewed in exactly the same place year after year.

  • But for this, the best soils are weeded, and plenty of manure used.

  • When crops are in drills they can be efficiently thinned, weeded and hoed—in other words, they can be cultivated.

  • She weeded the row across from Mr. Alder, where he could see what she was doing.

    Clematis Bertha B. Cobb
  • Miles of fruit trees, as carefully pruned and weeded and as orderly in every detail as a garden, are on every side of us.

  • From the start it cried for strong men; it weeded out its weaklings.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • She had moments of abstraction, too, and during one of them weeded out an entire row of spring onions, according to Hannah.

    More Tish Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • I believe the salaried polisher has weeded them all out but one.

    Christian Science Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
British Dictionary definitions for weeded


any plant that grows wild and profusely, esp one that grows among cultivated plants, depriving them of space, food, etc
  1. the weed, tobacco
  2. marijuana
(informal) a thin or unprepossessing person
an inferior horse, esp one showing signs of weakness of constitution
to remove (useless or troublesome plants) from (a garden, etc)
Derived Forms
weeder, noun
weedless, adjective
weedlike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English weod; related to Old Saxon wiod, Old High German wiota fern


(rare) a black crepe band worn to indicate mourning See also weeds
Word Origin
Old English wǣd, wēd; related to Old Saxon wād, Old High German wāt, Old Norse vāth
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Word Origin and History for weeded



"to clear the ground of weeds," late Old English weodian, from the source of weed (n.). Related: Weeded; weeding.



"plant not valued for use or beauty," Old English weod, uueod "grass, herb, weed," from Proto-Germanic *weud- (cf. Old Saxon wiod, East Frisian wiud), of unknown origin. Meaning "tobacco" is from c.1600; that of "marijuana" is from 1920s.


"to clear the ground of weeds," late Old English weodian, from the source of weed (n.). Related: Weeded; weeding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for weeded



  1. (also the weed) Tobacco (1606+)
  2. A cigar, esp an inferior one: Throw that weed away and have a good one (1847+)
  3. (also the weed) A marijuana cigarette; joint (1920s+ Narcotics)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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