weed

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English weed, weod, from Old English wēod (weed), Proto-Germanic *weudą (weed). Cognate with Dutch wied (unwanted plant, weed).

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weed (plural weeds)

  1. A plant.
    1. (countable) Any plant growing in cultivated ground to the injury of the crop or desired vegetation, or to the disfigurement of the place; an unsightly, useless, or injurious plant.
      If it isn't in a straight line or marked with a label, it's a weed.
      • 1944, Miles Burton, chapter 5, The Three Corpse Trick:
        The hovel stood in the centre of what had once been a vegetable garden, but was now a patch of rank weeds. Surrounding this, almost like a zareba, was an irregular ring of gorse and brambles, an unclaimed vestige of the original common.
    2. (countable) A species of plant considered harmful to the environment or regarded as a nuisance.
    3. Short for duckweed.
    4. (uncountable, archaic or obsolete) Underbrush; low shrubs.
      • Edmund Spenser (c.1552–1599)
        one rushing forth out of the thickest weed
      • Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892)
        A wild and wanton pard [] / Crouched fawning in the weed.
  2. A drug or the like made from the leaves of a plant.
    1. (uncountable, slang) Marijuana.
    2. (obsolete, uncountable, slang) Tobacco.
    3. (obsolete, countable) A cigar.
  3. (obsolete, countable) A horse unfit to breed from.
  4. (countable, UK, informal) A puny person; one who has with little physical strength.
  5. (countable, Scotland) A sudden illness or relapse, often attended with fever, which attacks women in childbed.
  6. (countable, figuratively) Something unprofitable or troublesome; anything useless.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old English wēodian.

Verb[edit]

weed (third-person singular simple present weeds, present participle weeding, simple past and past participle weeded)

  1. To remove unwanted vegetation from a cultivated area.
    I weeded my flower bed.
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Etymology 3[edit]

From Old English wǣd, from Proto-Germanic *wēdiz, from which also wad, wadmal. Cognate to Dutch lijnwaad, gewaad, German Wat.

Noun[edit]

weed (plural weeds)

  1. (archaic) A garment or piece of clothing.
  2. (archaic) Clothing collectively; clothes, dress.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, Act 5 Scene 3
      DON PEDRO. Come, let us hence, and put on other weeds;
      And then to Leonato's we will go.
      CLAUDIO. And Hymen now with luckier issue speed's,
      Than this for whom we rend'red up this woe!
    • 1819, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
      These two dignified persons were followed by their respective attendants, and at a more humble distance by their guide, whose figure had nothing more remarkable than it derived from the usual weeds of a pilgrim.
  3. (archaic) An article of dress worn in token of grief; a mourning garment or badge.
    He wore a weed on his hat.
  4. (archaic) widow's weeds: female mourning apparel
    • Milton
      In a mourning weed, with ashes upon her head, and tears abundantly flowing.
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Etymology 4[edit]

From the verb wee.

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weed

  1. simple past tense and past participle of wee

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