1A wild plant growing where it is not wanted and in competition with cultivated plants.
- ‘keep the seedlings clear of weeds’
- 1.1mass noun Any wild plant growing in salt or fresh water.
- ‘at the far side of the beach the rocks began, some humped with brown weed’
- 1.2 informal mass noun Cannabis.
- ‘the pair spend their days drinking and smoking weed’
- 1.3the weed informal Tobacco.
- ‘smokers are advised to eat more fruit, as the weed can increase the risk of gastric cancer’
2British informal, derogatory A contemptibly feeble person.
coward, weakling, namby-pamby, crybaby, baby
- ‘he thought party games were for weeds and wets’
3 informal A leggy, loosely built horse.
- ‘my tiny bay weed could jump like a stag’
transitive verb[with object]
Remove unwanted plants from (an area of ground)
- ‘I was weeding a flower bed’
- weed out
weed someone or something out, weed out someone or somethingRemove an inferior or unwanted component of a group or collection.
- ‘we must raise the level of research and weed out the poorest work’
Old English wēod (noun), wēodian (verb), of unknown origin; related to Dutch wieden (verb).