[ with-ee, with-ee ]
/ ˈwɪð i, ˈwɪθ i /
Chiefly British

noun, plural with·ies.

a willow.
a pliable branch or twig, especially a withe.
a band, loop, halter, or rope of slender twigs; widdy.

adjective, with·i·er, with·i·est.

made of pliable branches or twigs, especially of withes.
flexible; pliable.

Nearby words

  1. without further ado,
  2. without question,
  3. without so much as,
  4. withoutdoors,
  5. withstand,
  6. withywind,
  7. witigo,
  8. witless,
  9. witlessly,
  10. witling

Origin of withy

before 1000; Middle English; Old English wīthig; akin to withe, Old Norse vīthir, Old High German wīda, Greek ītéa willow, Latin vītis vine

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British Dictionary definitions for withy


/ (ˈwɪðɪ) /

noun plural withies

a variant spelling of withe (def. 1), withe (def. 2)
a willow tree, esp an osier


(of people) tough and agile
rare resembling a withe in strength or flexibility

Word Origin for withy

Old English wīdig (e); related to Old Norse vīthir, Old High German wīda, Latin vītis vine, Sanskrit vītika fetter. See withe, wire

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Word Origin and History 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").

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