wey

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English weie, waie, weihe, wæȝe, from Old English wǣġ, wǣġe (a weight; a tool for weighing, balance, scale), from Proto-Germanic *wēgiz, *wēgǭ (weight; scale), from Proto-Indo-European *weǵʰ- (to move, bring, transport). Cognate with German Waage (weight), Icelandic vág (a weight).

Pronunciation[edit]

Rhymes: -eɪ

Noun[edit]

wey (plural weys)

  1. An old English measure of weight containing 224 pounds; equivalent to 2 hundredweight.
    • c. 1376, William Langland, The Vision of Piers Plowman, Version B, Passus 5, Line 91:
      Than though I hadde this wouke ywonne a weye of Essex cheese.
    • 1843, The Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge p. 202:
      Seven pounds make a clove, 2 cloves a stone, 2 stone a tod, 6 1/2 tods a wey, 2 weys a sack, 12 sacks a last. [...] It is to be observed here that a sack is 13 tods, and a tod 28 pounds, so that the sack is 364 pounds.
    • 1882, James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 4, p. 208:
      Cheese and salt are purchased by the wey of two hundredweight, or by the stone of fourteen pounds.
    • (Can we date this quote?): A wey is 6 tods, or 182 pounds, of wool; a load, or five quarters, of wheat, 40 bushels of salt, each weighing 56 pounds; 32 cloves of cheese, each weighing seven pounds; 48 bushels of oats and barley; and from two cwt. to three cwt. of butter. — Simmonds.

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Nigerian Pidgin[edit]

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Conjunction[edit]

wey

  1. that

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wey

  1. who

Nyahkur[edit]

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Pronoun[edit]

wey

  1. I

Spanish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Variant of güey, representing the relaxed pronunciation of the /gw/ sounds.

Noun[edit]

wey m, f (plural weyes)

  1. (Mexico, colloquial slang) chump, punk, dumbass, idiot, jerk
  2. (colloquial) dude, guy, buddy

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