- 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
- (tr, adverb) to separate out, remove, or eliminate (anything unwanted)to weed out troublesome students
- 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 out
"to clear the ground of weeds," late Old English weodian, from the source of weed (n.). Related: Weeded; weeding.
"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.
Idioms and Phrases with 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]