: a slender flexible branch or twig
especially : one used as a band or line

Word History


Middle English, from Old English withthe; akin to Old English wīthig withy

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of withe was before the 12th century

Cite this Entry

“Withe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/withe. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


ˈwith How to pronounce withe (audio) ˈwit͟h How to pronounce withe (audio)
: a slender flexible branch or twig
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