Origin of witheMiddle English wythe from Old English withthe, willow, twig of willow from Indo-European base an unverified form wei-, to bend, twist from source wire, Classical Latin vitis, vine
transitive verbwithed, with′ing
Origin of witheMiddle English from Old English withthe ; see wei- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present withes, present participle withing, simple past and past participle withed)
- To bind with withes.
- To beat with withes.
From Middle English withe, withthe, from Old English wiÃ¾e, wiÃ¾Ã¾e (“cord, band, thong, fetter"), from Proto-Germanic *wiÃ¾iz, *wiÃ¾jÇ (“cord, rope"), from Proto-Indo-European *weyt- (“that which winds or bends, branch, switch"), from Proto-Indo-European *wey- (“to turn, wind, bend"). Cognate with Danish vidje (“wicker"), Swedish vidja (“withe, wicker, osier"), Icelandic viÃ°, viÃ°ja (“a withe"), Latin vÄ«tis (“vine").