verb (used with object), wreathed; wreathed or (Archaic) wreathen; wreathing.
to encircle or adorn with or as with a wreath.
to form as a wreath by twisting or twining.
to surround in curving or curling masses or form.
to envelop: a face wreathed in smiles.
verb (used without object), wreathed; wreathed or (Archaic) wreathen; wreathing.
to take the form of a wreath or wreaths.
to move in curving or curling masses, as smoke.

1520–30; earlier wrethe, partly v. use of wreath, partly back formation from wrethen, obsolete past participle of writhe

wreather, noun
interwreathe, verb, interwreathed, interwreathing.

wraith, wreath, wreathe, writhe.
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wreathe (riːð)
1.  to form into or take the form of a wreath by intertwining or twisting together
2.  (tr) to decorate, crown, or encircle with wreaths
3.  to move or cause to move in a twisting way: smoke wreathed up to the ceiling
[C16: perhaps back formation from wrēthen, from Old English writhen, past participle of wrīthan to writhe; see wreath]

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Word Origin & History

1530, a back-formation from wrethen, M.E. pp. of writhe.
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Example sentences
As she drives out of the hollow, clumps of fog wreathe the ridgeline, and the mountainsides are washed in muted greens and grays.
On that day the cigarette smokers, no longer free to wreathe their desks in fragile clouds of blue, took to the street.
It is but making her a flaunting paradox to wreathe her in gems and flowers.
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