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[weed] /wid/
noun
1.
a valueless plant growing wild, especially one that grows on cultivated ground to the exclusion or injury of the desired crop.
2.
any undesirable or troublesome plant, especially one that grows profusely where it is not wanted:
The vacant lot was covered with weeds.
3.
Informal. a cigarette or cigar.
4.
Slang. a marijuana cigarette.
5.
a thin, ungainly person or animal.
6.
a wretched or useless animal, especially a horse unfit for racing or breeding purposes.
7.
the weed.
  1. Informal. tobacco.
  2. Slang. marijuana.
verb (used with object)
8.
to free from weeds or troublesome plants; root out weeds from:
to weed a garden.
9.
to root out or remove (a weed or weeds), as from a garden (often followed by out):
to weed out crab grass from a lawn.
10.
to remove as being undesirable, inefficient, or superfluous (often followed by out):
to weed out inexperienced players.
11.
to rid (something) of undesirable or superfluous elements.
verb (used without object)
12.
to remove weeds or the like.
Idioms
13.
(deep) in / into the weeds,
  1. (of a restaurant worker) overwhelmed and falling behind in serving customers:
    Our waitress was so deep in the weeds that we waited 40 minutes for our burgers.
  2. in trouble; overwhelmed by problems:
    He knows our marriage is in deep weeds.
  3. involved in the details:
    I’m in the weeds of planning my wedding.
Also, in deep weeds.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English wede, Old English wēod; cognate with Old Saxon wiod weed, Middle Dutch wiet fern
Related forms
weedless, adjective
weedlike, adjective
unweeded, adjective

weed2

[weed] /wid/
noun
1.
weeds, mourning garments:
widow's weeds.
2.
a mourning band of black crepe or cloth, as worn on a man's hat or coat sleeve.
3.
Often, weeds. Archaic.
  1. a garment:
    clad in rustic weeds.
  2. clothing.
Origin
before 900; Middle English wede, Old English wǣd, (ge)wǣde garment, clothing; cognate with Old Saxon wād, gewādi, Old High German wāt, gewāti clothing; cf. wadmal

Weed

[weed] /wid/
noun
1.
Thurlow
[thur-loh] /ˈθɜr loʊ/ (Show IPA),
1797–1882, U.S. journalist and politician.
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Examples for weed
  • This type is not valued for recreational use and is viewed as a weed by farmers.
  • The only motivation for killing the weed is its effect on crop yields.
British Dictionary definitions for weed

weed1

/wiːd/
noun
1.
any plant that grows wild and profusely, esp one that grows among cultivated plants, depriving them of space, food, etc
2.
(slang)
  1. the weed, tobacco
  2. marijuana
3.
(informal) a thin or unprepossessing person
4.
an inferior horse, esp one showing signs of weakness of constitution
verb
5.
to remove (useless or troublesome plants) from (a garden, etc)
Derived Forms
weeder, noun
weedless, adjective
weedlike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English weod; related to Old Saxon wiod, Old High German wiota fern

weed2

/wiːd/
noun
1.
(rare) a black crepe band worn to indicate mourning See also weeds
Word Origin
Old English wǣd, wēd; related to Old Saxon wād, Old High German wāt, Old Norse vāth
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Word Origin and History for weed
n.

"plant not valued for use or beauty," Old English weod, uueod "grass, herb, weed," from Proto-Germanic *weud- (cf. Old Saxon wiod, East Frisian wiud), of unknown origin. Meaning "tobacco" is from c.1600; that of "marijuana" is from 1920s.

v.

"to clear the ground of weeds," late Old English weodian, from the source of weed (n.). Related: Weeded; weeding.

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Slang definitions & phrases for weed

weed

noun
  1. (also the weed) Tobacco (1606+)
  2. A cigar, esp an inferior one: Throw that weed away and have a good one (1847+)
  3. (also the weed) A marijuana cigarette; joint (1920s+ Narcotics)
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