- 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,
- 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.
- to remove weeds or the like.
- (deep) in/into the weeds, Slang.
- (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.
- in trouble; overwhelmed by problems: He knows our marriage is in deep weeds.
- involved in the details: I’m in the weeds of planning my wedding.
Origin of weed1
- weeds, mourning garments: widow's weeds.
- a mourning band of black crepe or cloth, as worn on a man's hat or coat sleeve.
- Often weeds. Archaic.
- a garment: clad in rustic weeds.
Origin of weed2
- Thur·low [thur-loh] /ˈθɜr loʊ/, 1797–1882, U.S. journalist and politician.
Examples from the Web for weed
Antoine himself had recently been arrested on a six-year-old warrant for a dime bag of weed.Ground Zero of the NYPD Slowdown
January 1, 2015
There was a lot of weed, he snorted a ton of coke, was guzzling Bloody Marys.The Unbelievable (True) Story of the World’s Most Infamous Hash Smuggler
November 14, 2014
After all, weed is practically legal in the five boroughs these days.Bill Bratton Scolds Giggling Audience at American Justice Summit
November 11, 2014
Allowing residents to grow, smoke, and gift weed, it legalizes participating in the weed community, but not profiting from it.The Real Election Winner: Weed
November 5, 2014
He also smokes copious amounts of weed mooched off his friends and makes miracles by turning water into cognac.‘Black Jesus’ Resurrected: Racial Stereotypes or Subversive Comedy?
August 8, 2014
It's noways likely that I'd take the trouble to make up a lie about that weed.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
That weed was sure a corker for smell as well as smoke, Uncle Jim!With Trapper Jim in the North Woods
Lawrence J. Leslie
I thought you'd get wool-gathering over some weed or another, and maybe I'd overtake you.Tiverton Tales
Like all thistles this will become a weed if not kept down with a firm hand.The Mayflower, January, 1905
Gigantically, Atlas-like, that sheet upholds Seward and Weed.Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863
- any plant that grows wild and profusely, esp one that grows among cultivated plants, depriving them of space, food, etc
- the weedtobacco
- 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)
- rare a black crepe band worn to indicate mourningSee also weeds
Word Origin and History for weed
"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.