weigh

1
[ wey ]
/ weɪ /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Verb Phrases

Idioms for weigh

    weigh anchor, Nautical. to heave up a ship's anchor in preparation for getting under way.
    weigh one's words. word(def 29).

Origin of weigh

1
before 900; Middle English weghen, Old English wegan to carry, weigh; cognate with Dutch wegen, German wägen, Old Norse vega; akin to Latin vehere

OTHER WORDS FROM weigh

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH weigh

way weigh weight

Definition for weigh (2 of 2)

weigh2
[ wey ]
/ weɪ /

Idioms

under weigh, Nautical. in motion; under way.

Origin of weigh

2
1775–85; spelling variant of way1 by association with weigh anchor
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British Dictionary definitions for weigh (1 of 2)

weigh1
/ (weɪ) /

verb

Derived forms of weigh

weighable, adjectiveweigher, noun

Word Origin for weigh

Old English wegan; related to Old Frisian wega, Old Norse vega, Gothic gawigan, German wiegen

British Dictionary definitions for weigh (2 of 2)

weigh2
/ (weɪ) /

noun

under weigh a variant spelling of under way

Word Origin for weigh

C18: variation due to the influence of phrases such as to weigh anchor
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