- 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
Examples from the Web for withy
Historical Examples of withy
The withy bands were but weak; it is no great marvel that he shook them off.Museum of Antiquity
L. W. Yaggy
A blasted oak will tumble to the earth, if struck by a thunderbolt,—like a withy.The Buccaneer
Mrs. S. C. Hall
Would you mind taking a turn with me in the withy walk, Harriet Roe?
As she was passing the top of the withy walk, their voices reached her ear.
With a wire there is little risk of that; but then the withy does not cut its way into the fish.The Gamekeeper at Home
- (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").