verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to cause to become bowed under a weight: snow and ice weighing down the trees.
- to lower the spirits of; burden; depress: This predicament weighs me down.
- (of a boxer or wrestler) to be weighed by a medical examiner on the day of a bout.
- to be of the weight determined by such a weighing: He weighed in at 170 pounds.
- (of a jockey) to be weighed with the saddle and weights after a race.
- Informal.to offer an opinion, advice, support, etc., especially in a forceful or authoritative way: The chairman weighed in with an idea for the fundraiser.
- to be weighed with the saddle and weights before a race.
- to be of the weight determined by such a weighing.
Origin of weigh1
Synonyms for weigh
Examples from the Web for well-weighed
Historical Examples of well-weighed
State your position in cool, well-weighed words, and carry conviction with them by your manner.Dollars and Sense
Col. Wm. C. Hunter
The preacher will find it full of materials for sermons, fresh and vigorous, and yet calm and well-weighed.The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Exodus
G. A. Chadwick
Puritanism deliberately supplied a well-weighed and revised scheme, beyond which no adopted child of God must dare to trespass.Curiosities of Puritan Nomenclature
Charles W. Bardsley
Their sagacity is shown in a thousand ways, especially in the judicious and well-weighed choice of their abode.The Bird
King was behind them, and every well-weighed word went up the staircase like an arrow.Stalky & Co.
Word Origin for weigh
Word Origin for weigh
Old English wegan "find the weight of, have weight, lift, carry," from Proto-Germanic *weganan (cf. Old Saxon wegan, Old Frisian wega, Dutch wegen "to weigh," Old Norse vega, Old High German wegan "to move, carry, weigh," German wiegen "to weigh"), from PIE *wegh- "to move" (cf. Sanskrit vahati "carries, conveys," vahitram "vessel, ship;" Avestan vazaiti "he leads, draws;" Greek okhos "carriage;" Latin vehere "to carry, convey;" Old Church Slavonic vesti "to carry, convey;" Lithuanian vezu "to carry, convey;" Old Irish fecht "campaign, journey").
The original sense was of motion, which led to that of lifting, then to that of "measure the weight of." The older sense of "lift, carry" survives in the nautical phrase weigh anchor. Figurative sense of "to consider, ponder" (in reference to words, etc.) is recorded from mid-14c.