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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A plant considered undesirable, unattractive, or troublesome, especially one growing where it is not wanted, as in a garden.
  • n. Rank growth of such plants.
  • n. A water plant, especially seaweed.
  • n. The leaves or stems of a plant as distinguished from the seeds: dill weed.
  • n. Something useless, detrimental, or worthless, especially an animal unfit for breeding.
  • n. Slang Tobacco.
  • n. Slang A cigarette.
  • n. Slang Marijuana.
  • transitive v. To clear of weeds.
  • transitive v. To remove (weeds). Often used with out: weed out dandelions.
  • transitive v. To eliminate as unsuitable or unwanted. Often used with out: weed out unqualified applicants.
  • intransitive v. To remove weeds.
  • n. A token of mourning, as a black band worn on a man's hat or sleeve.
  • n. The black mourning clothes of a widow.
  • n. An article of clothing; a garment. Often used in the plural.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any plant growing in cultivated ground to the injury of the crop or desired vegetation, or to the disfigurement of the place; an unsightly, useless, or injurious plant.
  • n. A species of plant considered harmful to the environment or regarded as a nuisance.
  • n. Short for duckweed
  • n. Marijuana.
  • n. Tobacco.
  • n. A cigar.
  • n. A horse unfit to breed from.
  • n. A puny person; one who has with little physical strength.
  • n. A sudden illness or relapse, often attended with fever, which attacks women in childbed.
  • n. Underbrush; low shrubs.
  • n. Something unprofitable or troublesome; anything useless.
  • v. To remove unwanted vegetation from a cultivated area.
  • n. A garment or piece of clothing.
  • n. Clothing collectively; clothes, dress.
  • n. widow's weeds Female mourning apparel
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of wee.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A garment; clothing; especially, an upper or outer garment.
  • n. An article of dress worn in token of grief; a mourning garment or badge; ; especially, in the plural, mourning garb, as of a woman.
  • n. A sudden illness or relapse, often attended with fever, which attacks women in childbed.
  • n. Underbrush; low shrubs.
  • n. Any plant growing in cultivated ground to the injury of the crop or desired vegetation, or to the disfigurement of the place; an unsightly, useless, or injurious plant.
  • n. Fig.: Something unprofitable or troublesome; anything useless.
  • n. An animal unfit to breed from.
  • n. Tobacco, or a cigar.
  • transitive v. To free from noxious plants; to clear of weeds
  • transitive v. To take away, as noxious plants; to remove, as something hurtful; to extirpate; -- commonly used with out.
  • transitive v. To free from anything hurtful or offensive.
  • transitive v. To reject as unfit for breeding purposes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The vegetative parts of the cotton-plant as opposed to the flowers and fruit.
  • n. The mad-dog skull-cap or madweed, Scutellaria lateriflora.
  • n. Any one of those herbaceous plants which are useless and without special beauty, or especially which are positively troublesome.
  • n. A sorry, worthless animal unfit for the breeding of stock; especially, a leggy, loose-bodied horse; a race-horse having the appearance but wanting the other qualities of a thorough bred.
  • n. A cigar; with the definite article, tobacco.
  • To free from weeds or noxious plants.
  • To take away, as noxious plants; remove what is injurious, offensive, or unseemly; extirpate.
  • To free from anything hurtful or offensive.
  • To root up and remove weeds, or anything resembling weeds.
  • A reduced form of weeded, past participle of weed.
  • n. A garment of any sort, especially an outer garment; hence, garments in general, especially the whole costume worn at any one time: now commonly in the plural, and chiefly in the phrase widows' weeds. See widow.
  • n. A general name for any sudden illness from cold or relapse, usually accompanied by febrile symptoms, taken by women after confinement or during nursing, especially milk-fever or inflammation of the breast.
  • n. Lymphangitis in the horse, characterized by fever and temporary swelling of the limbs. It appears usually after a period of inactivity.
  • n. A heavy weight.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. street names for marijuana
  • v. clear of weeds
  • n. any plant that crowds out cultivated plants
  • n. a black band worn by a man (on the arm or hat) as a sign of mourning

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English wēod, herb, grass, weed.
Middle English wede, garment, from Old English wǣd.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English wēod. Cognate with Dutch wied ("unwanted plant, weed"). (Wiktionary)
From Old English wēodian. (Wiktionary)
From Old English wǣd, from Proto-Germanic. Compare Dutch lijnwaad, gewaad. (Wiktionary)
From the verb wee. (Wiktionary)

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