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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).


weed ‎(countable and uncountable, plural weeds)

  1. (countable) Any plant regarded as unwanted at the place where, and at the time when it is growing.
    If it isn't in a straight line or marked with a label, it's a weed.
    • 1944, Miles Burton, chapter 5, in 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. Short for duckweed.
  3. (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.
  4. A drug or the like made from the leaves of a plant.
    1. (uncountable, slang) Marijuana.
    2. (with "the", uncountable, slang) Tobacco.
    3. (obsolete, countable) A cigar.
  5. (countable) A weak horse, which is therefore unfit to breed from.
  6. (countable, Britain, informal) A puny person; one who has with little physical strength.
  7. (countable, figuratively) Something unprofitable or troublesome; anything useless.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old English wēodian.


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.


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, chiefly in the plural as "widow's weeds") (Female) mourning apparel.
    • Milton
      In a mourning weed, with ashes upon her head, and tears abundantly flowing.

Etymology 4[edit]

From Scots weid, weed. The longer form weidinonfa, wytenonfa (Old Scots wedonynpha) is attested since the 1500s. Jamieson's Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language analyses the longer form as a compound meaning "onfa(ll) of a weed", whereas the Scottish National Dictionary/DSL considers the short form a derivative of the longer form, and derives its first element from Old English wēden(mad, delirious), from wōd.


weed ‎(plural weeds)

  1. (countable, Scotland) A sudden illness or relapse, often attended with fever, which befalls those who are about to give birth, are giving birth, or have recently given birth or miscarried or aborted.
    • 1822, William Campbell, Observations on the Disease usually termed Puerperal Fever, with Cases, in The Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal, volume 18:
      The patient [...] aborted between the second and third month; [...] felt herself so well on the second day after, that she went to the washing-green; and, on her return home in the evening, was seized with a violent rigor, which, by herself and those around her, was considered as the forerunner of a weed.

Etymology 5[edit]

From the verb wee.



  1. simple past tense and past participle of wee