[with, with, wahyth]
- a willow twig or osier.
- any tough, flexible twig or stem suitable for binding things together.
- an elastic handle for a tool, to lessen shock occurring in use.
- a partition dividing flues of a chimney.
- to bind with withes.
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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Examples from the Web for withed
The wide chimney-top was withed across; nothing could drop down it.Strange Stories of the Great Valley
Abbie Johnston Grosvenor
- a strong flexible twig, esp of willow, suitable for binding things together; withy
- a band or rope of twisted twigs or stems
- a handle made of elastic material, fitted on some tools to reduce the shock during use
- a wall with a thickness of half a brick, such as a leaf of a cavity wall, or a division between two chimney flues
- (tr) to bind with withes
Old English withthe; related to Old Norse vithja, Old High German witta, widi, Gothic wida
Word Origin and History for withed
Old English wiððe "twisted cord, willow twig" (see withy).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper