Definition of aweigh in English:


Pronunciation /əˈwā/ /əˈweɪ/


  • (of an anchor) raised just clear of the sea or riverbed.

    ‘It was anchors aweigh shortly after 5 p.m. as the captain pointed the bow in the direction of Rayong.’
    • ‘Lord Dull of Ditchwater's coming in at three bells and anchor's aweigh, and I really think that you need to put that chap back on the floor.’
    • ‘Even though we sang ‘Anchors aweigh, my boys’ and ‘From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli’ in school, I knew of no friends or relatives in those branches of service.’
    • ‘It's anchors aweigh for the 60th anniversary celebrations for Brentwood Sea Cadets.’


Early 17th century from a-‘on’ + weigh.