- 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
Related Words for weededexclusive, selected, preferred, selective, eclectic, privileged, tear, haul, rip, tow, pluck, trail, drag, remove, pick, stretch, tug, yank, comb, scour
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Contemporary Examples of weeded
In the early days, “if you worked at home and you were a slacker, perhaps you got weeded out faster,” she said.Current, Former Yahoo Employees Question the Ban on Working From Home
February 28, 2013
But in the Democratic Party, people who take contentious positions are weeded out.The Real Problem With Susan Rice
December 10, 2012
Historical Examples of weeded
From the start it cried for strong men; it weeded out its weaklings.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
Add to all these changes, that the garden was weeded, and the glebe was regularly laboured.St. Ronan's Well
Sir Walter Scott
He weeded prophecy from his speeches, and rudeness from his jokes.Robert Orange
John Oliver Hobbes
But for this, the best soils are weeded, and plenty of manure used.Travels in France during the years 1814-1815
He has weeded his stable, and got the buyers to think that they were getting the cream.Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite
- 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)
Word Origin for weed
- rare a black crepe band worn to indicate mourningSee also weeds
Word Origin for weed
"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.