Definition of withy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwɪði/
(also withe)

noun (plural withies or withes)

1A tough, flexible branch of an osier or other willow, used for tying, binding, or basketry: it is fixed with withies tied to the common rafters [as modifier]: a withy basket
More example sentences
  • There his mean-spirited Uncle Stan and his kinder but stroke-stricken Aunt Flor live mainly by gathering withies for basket-making, but are now on the edge of destitution.
  • This was done with thin strips of wood and bark, fine branches from trees such as hazel or willow withies, and reeds.
  • The village of Stoke St Gregory is at the centre of the withy beds.
1.1 another term for osier.
Example sentences
  • The bat was a ‘staff’ made of withy about 3 1/2 feet long.
  • HUIA 2002 Marlborough Medium bodied withy earthy smoky flavours which remind me of Lapsang Souchong tea.


Old English wīthig, of Germanic origin; related to German Weide.

Words that rhyme with withy

prithee, smithy

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