transitive verbwreathed, wreath′ing
- to coil, twist, or entwine, esp. so as to form into a wreath
- to coil, twist, or entwine around; encircle: clouds wreathed the mountains
- to decorate with wreaths
- to cover or envelop: a face wreathed in smiles
Origin of wreatheEarly ModE, back-formation from Middle English wrethen, past participle of writhen, writhe; in later use from wreath
- to move with a twisting or coiling motion
- to have or take the form of a wreath
verbwreathed, wreath·ing, wreathes
- To twist or entwine into a wreath or a wreathlike shape: He wreathed flowers into a garland. He wreathed the cloth into a turban.
- To crown or decorate with a wreath: The winner was wreathed with laurel.
- To encircle or surround: The mountaintop is wreathed in mist.
- To extend across; cover: Her face was wreathed in smiles.
- To coil or curl: The snake wreathed itself around the branch.
To curl, writhe, or spiral: The smoke wreathed upward.
Origin of wreatheFrom wreath
(third-person singular simple present wreathes, present participle wreathing, simple past and past participle wreathed)