a tough, flexible twig of willow, osier, etc., used for binding things; withe
Origin of withyMiddle English from Old English withig, willow, twig of willow: for Indo-European base see withe
tough and flexible; wiry
- Made of or as flexible as withes; tough.
- Wiry and agile.
- A rope or band made of withes.
- a. A long flexible twig, as that of an osier.b. A tree or shrub having such twigs.
Origin of withywithe -y 1 N., from Middle English withye willow branch from Old English wīthig willow ; see wei- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative withier, superlative withiest)
- (archaic) Flexible, like a withe.
withe +"Ž -y