noun \ˈwēd\

Definition of WEED

a (1) :  a plant that is not valued where it is growing and is usually of vigorous growth; especially :  one that tends to overgrow or choke out more desirable plants (2) :  a weedy growth of plants
b :  an aquatic plant; especially :  seaweed
c (1) :  tobacco products
(2) :  marijuana
a :  an obnoxious growth, thing, or person
b :  something like a weed in detrimental quality; especially :  an animal unfit to breed from

Origin of WEED

Middle English, from Old English wēod weed, herb; akin to Old Saxon wiod weed
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Drug/Tobacco Terms

controlled, flake, herb, key, sodden



: to remove weeds from (an area of land, such as a garden)

Full Definition of WEED

intransitive verb
:  to remove weeds or something harmful
transitive verb
a :  to clear of weeds <weed a garden>
b (1) :  to free from something hurtful or offensive
(2) :  to remove the less desirable portions of
:  to get rid of (something harmful or superfluous) —often used with out

Examples of WEED

  1. We need to weed the garden.

First Known Use of WEED

before 12th century



Definition of WEED

:  garment —often used in plural
a :  dress worn as a sign of mourning (as by a widow) —usually used in plural
b :  a band of crape worn on a man's hat as a sign of mourning —usually used in plural

Origin of WEED

Middle English wede, from Old English ̄d, gewǣde; akin to Old Norse vāth cloth, clothing and perhaps to Lithuanian austi to weave
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Clothing Terms

babushka, brogue, bumbershoot, cravat, dishabille, furbelow, layette, raiment, spectator


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any plant growing where it is not wanted. On land under cultivation, weeds compete with crops for water, light, and nutrients. On rangelands and in pastures, weeds are those plants that grazing animals dislike or that are poisonous. Many weeds are hosts of plant disease organisms or of insect pests. Some originally unwanted plants later were found to have virtues and came under cultivation, while some cultivated plants, when transplanted to new climates, escaped cultivation and became weeds in the new habitat.


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