[ with, with, wahyth ]
/ wɪθ, wɪð, waɪð /


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.

verb (used with object), withed, with·ing.

to bind with withes.



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Origin of withe

before 1000; Middle English, Old English withthe; akin to Old Norse vīthirwithy, Gothic kunawida chain, Latin viēre to weave together
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Example sentences from the Web for withe

  • Earth is the wock on which Zeus, wemorseless, stwetches his withing wictim;—men, the vultures that feed and fatten on him.

    Thackeray|Anthony Trollope
  • Earth is the wock on which Zeus, wemorseless, stwetches his withing victim—men, the vultures that feed and fatten on him.

    Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush|William Makepeace Thackeray

British Dictionary definitions for withe

/ (wɪθ, wɪð, waɪð) /


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

Word Origin for withe

Old English withthe; related to Old Norse vithja, Old High German witta, widi, Gothic wida
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