adjective Nautical.

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

Origin of aweigh

First recorded in 1620–30; a-1 + weigh2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for aweigh

Historical Examples of 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



(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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper