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[wey] /weɪ/
noun, plural weys.
an old British unit of weight of various values, especially 16 stones of 16 pounds each, or 256 pounds.
an old Scotch-Irish unit of capacity equal to 40 U.S. bushels.
Origin of wey
before 900; Middle English; Old English wǣge weight. See weigh1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And the capteyn demaundit me what was my cause of comyng thedyr, and why that I made my fellowe to stele a wey with the horse.

    South London Sir Walter Besant
  • South of Chertsey to the wey is rather uninteresting country.

  • The salmon, presumably, swam with the other "beast ffish" in the wey.

  • wey and Mitchell were killed by Piegans on Badger creek in 1875.

    Then and Now Robert Vaughn
  • The wey has a treble mouth, and at this point boats are to be hired, and there was a ferry across the river.

    The War of the Worlds H. G. Wells
  • From the top of the keep there is a fine view of the wey valley.

    Surrey A.R. Hope Moncrieff
  • It is beautifully situated on an acclivity of the northern chalk Downs and on the river wey.

  • This turns upon the definition of the phrase 'the wey of the sonne.'

  • The wey runs over as many beds as any little river in England; here it races over clean ironstone.

  • I was often wae for him, puir man, an' I did a' I could for him in my ain sma' wey.

    Betty Grier Joseph Waugh
Word Origin and History for wey

dry goods weight, Old English weg (see weigh).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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