weed

2
[ weed ]
/ wid /
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noun

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.
  1. a garment: clad in rustic weeds.
  2. clothing.

Origin of weed

2
before 900; Middle English wede, Old English wǣd, (ge)wǣde garment, clothing; cognate with Old Saxon wād, gewādi, Old High German wāt, gewāti clothing; cf. wadmal

Definition for weeds (2 of 2)

weed

1
[ weed ]
/ wid /

noun


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to remove weeds or the like.

Origin of weed

1
before 900; Middle English wede, Old English wēod; cognate with Old Saxon wiod weed, Middle Dutch wiet fern

Related forms

weed·less, adjectiveweed·like, adjectiveun·weed·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for weeds (1 of 3)

weeds

/ (wiːdz) /

pl n

Also called: widow's weeds a widow's black mourning clothes
obsolete any clothing

Word Origin for weeds

pl of weed ²

British Dictionary definitions for weeds (2 of 3)

weed

1
/ (wiːd) /

noun

any plant that grows wild and profusely, esp one that grows among cultivated plants, depriving them of space, food, etc
slang
  1. the weed tobacco
  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 Forms

weeder, nounweedless, adjectiveweedlike, adjective

Word Origin for weed

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

British Dictionary definitions for weeds (3 of 3)

weed

2
/ (wiːd) /

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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