[ weed ]
/ wid /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to remove weeds or the like.

Idioms for weed

    (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 weed

before 900; Middle English wede, Old English wēod; cognate with Old Saxon wiod weed, Middle Dutch wiet fern


weed·less, adjectiveweed·like, adjectiveun·weed·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for weed out (1 of 3)

weed out


(tr, adverb) to separate out, remove, or eliminate (anything unwanted)to weed out troublesome students

British Dictionary definitions for weed out (2 of 3)

/ (wiːd) /


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 of weed

weeder, nounweedless, adjectiveweedlike, adjective

Word Origin for weed

Old English weod; related to Old Saxon wiod, Old High German wiota fern

British Dictionary definitions for weed out (3 of 3)

/ (wiːd) /


rare a black crepe band worn to indicate mourningSee also weeds

Word Origin for weed

Old English wǣd, wēd; related to Old Saxon wād, Old High German wāt, Old Norse vāth
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Idioms and Phrases with weed out

weed out

Eliminate as inferior, unsuited, or unwanted, as in She was asked to weed out the unqualified applicants. This expression transfers removing weeds from a garden to removing unwanted elements from other enterprises. [First half of 1500s]

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