aweigh

[uh-wey]
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adjective Nautical.

(of an anchor) just free of the bottom; atrip: Anchors aweigh!

Nearby words

  1. awe-struck,
  2. aweary,
  3. aweather,
  4. awed,
  5. awedly,
  6. aweless,
  7. awesome,
  8. awesomely,
  9. awesomesauce,
  10. awestruck

Origin of aweigh

First recorded in 1620–30; a-1 + weigh2

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Examples from the Web for aweigh

  • By this time, our last anchor was aweigh, and the ship was clear of the bottom.

    Afloat And Ashore|James Fenimore Cooper


British Dictionary definitions for aweigh

aweigh

adjective

(postpositive) nautical (of an anchor) no longer hooked into the bottom; hanging by its rode
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Word Origin and History for aweigh

aweigh

adj.

"raised, perpendicular," 1620s, nautical, from a- (1) + weigh.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper