verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Verb Phrases


    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

before 900; Middle English weghen, Old English wegan to carry, weigh; cognate with Dutch wegen, German wägen, Old Norse vega; akin to Latin vehere
Related formsweigh·a·ble, adjectiveweigh·er, nounun·weigh·a·ble, adjectiveun·weigh·ing, adjectivewell-weighed, adjective
Can be confusedway weigh weight

Synonyms for weigh

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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.

  • Puritanism deliberately supplied a well-weighed and revised scheme, beyond which no adopted child of God must dare to trespass.

  • Their sagacity is shown in a thousand ways, especially in the judicious and well-weighed choice of their abode.

    The Bird

    Jules Michelet

  • King was behind them, and every well-weighed word went up the staircase like an arrow.

    Stalky & Co.

    Rudyard Kipling

British Dictionary definitions for well-weighed




(tr) to measure the weight of
(intr) to have weight or be heavyshe weighs more than her sister
(tr often foll by out) to apportion according to weight
(tr) to consider carefullyto weigh the facts of a case
(intr) to be influentialhis words weighed little with the jury
(intr often foll by on) to be oppressive or burdensome (to)
obsolete to regard or esteem
weigh anchor to raise a vessel's anchor or (of a vessel) to have its anchor raised preparatory to departure
Derived Formsweighable, adjectiveweigher, noun

Word Origin for weigh

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




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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Word Origin and History for well-weighed



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.

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