weed

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noun
  1. a valueless plant growing wild, especially one that grows on cultivated ground to the exclusion or injury of the desired crop.

  2. any undesirable or troublesome plant, especially one that grows profusely where it is not wanted: The vacant lot was covered with weeds.

  1. Informal. a cigarette or cigar.

  2. Slang. a marijuana cigarette.

  3. a thin, ungainly person or animal.

  4. a wretched or useless animal, especially a horse unfit for racing or breeding purposes.

  5. the weed,

verb (used with object)
  1. to free from weeds or troublesome plants; root out weeds from: to weed a garden.

  2. 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.

  1. to remove as being undesirable, inefficient, or superfluous (often followed by out): to weed out inexperienced players.

  2. to rid (something) of undesirable or superfluous elements.

verb (used without object)
  1. to remove weeds or the like.

Idioms about weed

  1. (deep) in / into the weeds, Slang. : Also in deep weeds .

    • (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 weed

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First recorded before 900; Middle English wed(e), weid, Old English wēod; cognate with Old Saxon wiod “weed,” Middle Dutch wiet “fern”

Other words from weed

  • weedless, adjective
  • weedlike, adjective
  • un·weed·ed, adjective

Other definitions for weed (2 of 3)

weed2
[ weed ]

noun
  1. weeds, mourning garments: widow's weeds.

  2. a mourning band of black crepe or cloth, as worn on a man's hat or coat sleeve.

  1. Often weeds .Archaic.

    • a garment: clad in rustic weeds.

    • clothing.

Origin of weed

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First recorded before 900; Middle English wed(e), Old English (ge)wǣde, wǣde “garment, clothing”; cognate with Old Saxon wād, gewādi, Old High German wāt, gewāti; cf. wadmal

Other definitions for Weed (3 of 3)

Weed
[ weed ]

noun
  1. Thur·low [thur-loh], /ˈθɜr loʊ/, 1797–1882, U.S. journalist and politician.

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British Dictionary definitions for weed (1 of 2)

weed1

/ (wiːd) /


noun
  1. any plant that grows wild and profusely, esp one that grows among cultivated plants, depriving them of space, food, etc

  2. slang

    • the weed tobacco

    • marijuana

  1. informal a thin or unprepossessing person

  2. an inferior horse, esp one showing signs of weakness of constitution

verb
  1. to remove (useless or troublesome plants) from (a garden, etc)

Origin of weed

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

Derived forms of weed

  • weeder, noun
  • weedless, adjective
  • weedlike, adjective

British Dictionary definitions for weed (2 of 2)

weed2

/ (wiːd) /


noun
  1. rare a black crepe band worn to indicate mourning: See also weeds

Origin of weed

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Old English wǣd, wēd; related to Old Saxon wād, Old High German wāt, Old Norse vāth

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