- a willow.
- a pliable branch or twig, especially a withe.
- a band, loop, halter, or rope of slender twigs; widdy.
- made of pliable branches or twigs, especially of withes.
- flexible; pliable.
Origin of withy
- (of people) tough and agile
- rare resembling a withe in strength or flexibility
Word Origin for withy
Old English wiðig "willow, willow twig," from Proto-Germanic *withjon- "willow" (cf. Old Norse viðir, Danish vidje, Old High German wida, German Weide "willow"), from PIE *wei-ti-, suffixed form of root *wei- "to bend, twist" (cf. Avestan vaeiti- "osier," Greek itea "willow," Latin vitis "vine," Lithuanian vytis "willow twig," Polish witwa, Welsh gwden "willow," Russian vitvina "branch, bough").