• Any plant regarded as unwanted at the place where, and at the time when it is growing.
  • Underbrush; low shrubs.
  • A drug or the like made from the leaves of a plant.
  • A weak horse, which is therefore unfit to breed from.
  • A puny person; one who has little physical strength.
  • Something unprofitable or troublesome; anything useless.
  • A garment or piece of clothing.
  • Clothing collectively; clothes, dress.
  • An article of dress worn in token of grief; a mourning garment or badge.
  • Especially in the plural as widow's weeds: (female) mourning apparel.
  • A sudden illness or relapse, often attended with fever, which befalls those who are about to give birth, are giving birth, or have recently given birth or miscarried or aborted.
  • Lymphangitis in a horse.


  • To remove unwanted vegetation from a cultivated area.
  • To systematically remove materials from a library collection based on a set of criteria.
  • Past of wee


  • From Middle English weed, weod, from Old English wēod ("weed"), from Proto-West Germanic *weud. Cognate with Saterland Frisian Jood, West Frisian wjûd, Dutch wied, German Low German Weed, Old High German wiota. See also woad.
  • From Middle English weeden, weden, from Old English wēodian, from Proto-Germanic *weudōną. Cognate with West Frisian wjûde, wjudde,
  • Dutch wieden, German Low German weden.
  • From Middle English wede, from Old English wǣd, from Proto-Germanic *wēdiz, from which also wad, wadmal. Cognate with Dutch lijnwaad, Dutch gewaad, German Wat.
  • From Scots weid. The longer form weidinonfa (Old Scots wedonynpha) is attested since the 1500s. Jamieson's Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language analyses the longer form as a compound meaning "onfa(ll) of a weed", whereas the Scottish National Dictionary/DSL considers the short form a derivative of the longer form, and derives its first element from Old English wēdan, from wōd.
  • From the verb wee.

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