- weeds, mourning garments: widow's weeds.
- a mourning band of black crepe or cloth, as worn on a man's hat or coat sleeve.
- Often weeds. Archaic.
- a garment: clad in rustic weeds.
Origin of weed2
- 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
Examples from the Web for weeds
Lagos has an unplanned-ness to it, houses spring up everywhere like weeds, roads and streets interweave.Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Literary Lagos
March 16, 2014
Before we get too deep into the weeds,” Morgan interrupted, “Is your mom running for president?Piers Morgan Pesters Clintons About 2016 Plans At CGI
September 25, 2013
When it comes to Orange Is the New Black, the new Netflix series by Weeds creator Jenji Kohan, that is the question.You’ve Gotta Binge on the New Netflix Series ‘Orange Is the New Black’
July 11, 2013
I'm not going to go down deep into the weeds of all the details here.Will ABC Finger the Liar?
May 17, 2013
Google “sexist articles about Bill Clinton” and you will be searching in the weeds.Leave Jill Abramson Alone, You Sexists
April 24, 2013
He could run a mower, and clean a pasture of weeds in a day.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
Michael and Uli had to hoe the weeds in the next field near by.
Sami squatted down and pulled at the weeds with all his might.
All through the middle ages suits of armour are called 'weeds.'Beowulf
Caroline is the worst; the weeds, with her, have had longer time to get ahead.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
- Also called: widow's weeds a widow's black mourning clothes
- obsolete any clothing
- 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 weeds
"garments" (now surviving, if at all, in widow's weeds), plural of archaic weed, from Old English wæd, wæde "garment, cloth," from Proto-Germanic *wedo (cf. Old Saxon wadi, Old Frisian wede "garment," Old Norse vað "cloth, texture," Old High German wat "garment"), probably from PIE *wedh-, extended form of root *au- "to weave." Archaic since early 19c.
"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.