Definition of wood in English:


Pronunciation /wo͝od/ /wʊd/

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  • 1The hard fibrous material that forms the main substance of the trunk or branches of a tree or shrub, used for fuel or timber.

    ‘a block of wood’
    • ‘best quality woods were used for joinery’
    timber, planks, planking
    firewood, kindling, logs
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    1. 1.1the woodWooden barrels used for storing alcoholic drinks.
      • ‘wines from the wood’
    2. 1.2A golf club with a wooden or other head that is relatively broad from face to back (often with a numeral indicating the degree to which the face is angled to loft the ball)
      • ‘he hit the ball with a three-wood’
    3. 1.3Golf A shot made with a wood.
      • ‘he's hitting a wood for his second shot’
  • 2

    (also woods)
    An area of land, smaller than a forest, that is covered with growing trees.

    ‘a thick hedge divided the wood from the field’
    • ‘a long walk in the woods’
    forest, woodland, trees
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    get wood
    US vulgar slang
    • Have an erection.

    touch wood
    • Said after a confident or positive statement, to express a hope for one's good luck to continue.

      • ‘I haven't been banned yet, touch wood’
    knock on wood
    North American
    • Said after a confident or positive statement, to express a hope for one's good luck to continue.

      ‘I haven't been banned yet, knock on wood’
      • ‘So far we have only had one trip to York District Hospital (fingers crossed, touch wood and spit for luck) after he ran head first into the fireplace and got a bruised lump roughly the size of a pickled egg on his noggin.’
      • ‘He would throw salt over his shoulder and knock on wood just for good luck, I didn't learn this until I lived with him.’
      • ‘I used direct deposit, it hasn't been a problem as of yet, knock on wood.’
      • ‘We haven't had a fatal accident in the village yet, touch wood, but we don't want to sit back and wait for that to happen.’
      • ‘This hasn't happened to me yet, touch wood, but you have only to approach a speed camera on a free-flowing road to realise that it must happen fairly often.’
      • ‘And so hopefully, you know, knock on wood, we'll get to do a second season, and that will be one for next year.’
      • ‘I did have to call a moratorium on all the email I'd accumulated but I think (fingers crossed, touch wood, any other superstitious luck gatherer you can think of) that I'm just about sorted.’
      • ‘On the other hand people still avoid walking under ladders and knock on wood and cross their fingers in order to guard there luck.’
      • ‘So at the moment, touch wood, we have not got reports of epidemics, but it would be foolish for us to assume that we're through the worst.’
      • ‘Although, knock on wood, I have never fallen victim to this affliction, I can think of few things scarier, and I very well may have a rush of fear like the one I'm experiencing right now this time every winter for the rest of my life.’
    out of the woods
    • usually with negative Out of danger or difficulty.

      ‘we are not out of the woods but we have been thrown a lifeline’
      • ‘Observers, however, do not doubt that the company is well down the recovery track - if not quite out of the woods.’
      • ‘Neither he nor his illustrious brother seem out of the woods yet.’
      • ‘Her doctor said, Yes, she's out of the woods, with a quickening and lightening of his voice.’
      • ‘Johnville will know as well as anyone that they are not out of the woods as yet, despite their gallant showing in Tramore last week.’
      • ‘But the club is not out of the woods yet - despite a deal being done to keep the Bantams playing at Valley Parade next season.’
      • ‘‘I would just say that we are not out of the woods on that yet either,’ he claimed.’
      • ‘But the polls show that McConnell is far from being out of the woods.’
      • ‘I think we're just about out of the woods on this whole New Year's thing.’
      • ‘So I have a feeling that it's not reasonable for us to expect that all of a sudden next week we're out of the woods.’
      • ‘Authorities are making sure that they emphasize the fact that they're not out of the woods.’
    put the wood in the hole
    Northern English
    • Close the door.

      • ‘Can someone please put the wood in the hole!!! It's flippin' freezing’


Old English wudu, from a Germanic word related to Welsh gwŷdd ‘trees’.