weed

1
[weed]

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to remove weeds or the like.

Idioms

    (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

1
before 900; Middle English wede, Old English wēod; cognate with Old Saxon wiod weed, Middle Dutch wiet fern
Related formsweed·less, adjectiveweed·like, adjectiveun·weed·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for weed out

weed out

verb

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

weed

1

noun

any plant that grows wild and profusely, esp one that grows among cultivated plants, depriving them of space, food, etc
slang
  1. the weedtobacco
  2. marijuana
informal a thin or unprepossessing person
an inferior horse, esp one showing signs of weakness of constitution

verb

to remove (useless or troublesome plants) from (a garden, etc)
Derived Formsweeder, nounweedless, adjectiveweedlike, adjective

Word Origin for weed

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

weed

2

noun

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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Word Origin and History for weed out

weed

v.

"to clear the ground of weeds," late Old English weodian, from the source of weed (n.). Related: Weeded; weeding.

weed

n.

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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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