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[with, with, wahyth]
  1. a willow twig or osier.
  2. any tough, flexible twig or stem suitable for binding things together.
  3. an elastic handle for a tool, to lessen shock occurring in use.
  4. a partition dividing flues of a chimney.
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verb (used with object), withed, with·ing.
  1. to bind with withes.
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Origin of withe

before 1000; Middle English, Old English withthe; akin to Old Norse vīthir withy, Gothic kunawida chain, Latin viēre to weave together
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Historical Examples

  • I got up, cut a withe of bamboo, and made her fast to a root.

    The Spinner's Book of Fiction


  • He stretched the withe on the field, and began to put the corn in it.

  • You find a man hanging by a gad (withe), and you cut him down to save him.

  • God for thy grace what hathe Poliphemus to do withe the gospell?

    Two Dyaloges (c. 1549)

    Desiderius Erasmus

  • It was a whole year since the withe had been fastened around him.

British Dictionary definitions for withe


  1. a strong flexible twig, esp of willow, suitable for binding things together; withy
  2. a band or rope of twisted twigs or stems
  3. a handle made of elastic material, fitted on some tools to reduce the shock during use
  4. a wall with a thickness of half a brick, such as a leaf of a cavity wall, or a division between two chimney flues
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  1. (tr) to bind with withes
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Word Origin

Old English withthe; related to Old Norse vithja, Old High German witta, widi, Gothic wida
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Word Origin and History for withe


Old English wiððe "twisted cord, willow twig" (see withy).

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