[ 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.

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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/ (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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