Pronunciation Noun


  1. (countable) Any plant regarded as unwanted at the place where, and at the time when it is growing.
    If it isn't in a straight line or marked with a label, it's a weed.
  2. Short for duckweed.
  3. (uncountable, archaic or obsolete) Underbrush; low shrubs.
    • one rushing forth out of the thickest weed
    • 1842, Alfred Tennyson, “{w”, in Poems. [...] In Two Volumes, volume I, London: Edward Moxon, […], OCLC 1008064829 ↗, page 128 ↗:
      A wild and wanton pard […] / Crouched fawning in the weed.
  4. A drug or the like made from the leaves of a plant.
    1. (uncountable, slang) Cannabis.
      Synonyms: Thesaurus:marijuana
    2. (with "the", uncountable, slang) Tobacco.
    3. (obsolete, countable) A cigar.
  5. (countable) A weak horse, which is therefore unfit to breed from.
  6. (countable, British, informal) A puny person; one who has little physical strength.
  7. (countable, figuratively) Something unprofitable or troublesome; anything useless.
Translations Translations Translations Verb

weed (weeds, present participle weeding; past and past participle weeded)

  1. To remove unwanted vegetation from a cultivated area.
    I weeded my flower bed.
Translations Noun

weed (plural weeds)

  1. (archaic) A garment or piece of clothing#Noun|clothing.
  2. (archaic) Clothing collectively; clothes#Noun|clothes, dress#Noun|dress.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, Act 5 Scene 3
      DON PEDRO. Come, let us hence, and put on other weeds;
      And then to Leonato's we will go.
      CLAUDIO. And Hymen now with luckier issue speed's,
      Than this for whom we rend'red up this woe!
  3. (archaic) An article of dress wear#Verb|worn in token of grief; a mourning#Adjective|mourning garment or badge.
    He wore a weed on his hat.
  4. (archaic, especially, in the plural as "widow's weeds") (Female) mourning apparel.
    • 1641, John Milton, Of Reformation in England, Second Book:
      In a mourning weed, with ashes upon her head, and tears abundantly flowing.
    • 1820, John Keats, “Isabella; or, The Pot of Basil. A Story from Boccaccio.”, in Lamia, Isabella, the Eve of St. Agnes, and Other Poems, London: Printed [by Thomas Davison] for Taylor and Hessey, […], OCLC 927360557 ↗, stanza XXIX, page 63 ↗:
      Poor Girl! put on thy stifling widow’s weed, / And ’scape at once from Hope’s accursed bands; [...]

weed (plural weeds)

  1. (Scotland) 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.
    • 1822, William Campbell, Observations on the Disease usually termed Puerperal Fever, with Cases, in The Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal, volume 18:
      The patient […] aborted between the second and third month; […] felt herself so well on the second day after, that she went to the washing-green; and, on her return home in the evening, was seized with a violent rigor, which, by herself and those around her, was considered as the forerunner of a weed.
  2. (Scotland) Lymphangitis in a horse.
  1. Simple past tense and past participle of wee

Proper noun
  1. A city in Siskiyou County, California.

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