- 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 weedingtear, haul, rip, tow, pluck, trail, drag, remove, pick, stretch, tug, yank, comb, scour, scrape, annihilate, exterminate, displace, demolish, overthrow
Examples from the Web for weeding
Contemporary Examples of weeding
This system is meant to self-regulate by weeding out the bad eggs.Inside Uber’s Political War Machine
June 30, 2014
Transparency and clarity in financial markets have been key factors in weeding out bad actors and fraudsters.How Is America Really Doing? Wharton’s Idea for Better Accountability
July 6, 2012
Jupiter trine Pluto, Friday, sees you weeding out buds who try to tone you down.Horoscopes for June 12-18, 2011
Starsky + Cox
June 12, 2011
As one can imagine, this is a huge project: weeding out Muslim infiltrators in the U.S. government.The Charlatans Have Taken Over 9/11
September 9, 2010
George Schultz once said that much of diplomacy is merely “weeding the garden.”The Easiest Fix to Obama's Mideast Woes
February 23, 2010
Historical Examples of weeding
He was "weeding" with both hands and he looked agitated and—yes, frightened.Thankful's Inheritance
Joseph C. Lincoln
They also work in the fields—light work, such as weeding and planting.The Soul of a People
They have attained this condition by centuries of weeding out the unfit.The Skylark of Space
Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby
Sabrina herself was in the garden now, weeding the balm-bed.Country Neighbors
That satisfied all parties, and the weeding began that afternoon.A Missionary Twig
Emma L. Burnett
- 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.