Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English weven (to weave), from Old English wefan (to weave), from Proto-West Germanic *weban, from Proto-Germanic *webaną, from Proto-Indo-European *webʰ- (to weave, braid).


weave (third-person singular simple present weaves, present participle weaving, simple past wove or weaved, past participle woven or weaved or (now colloquial and nonstandard) wove)

  1. To form something by passing lengths or strands of material over and under one another.
    This loom weaves yarn into sweaters.
  2. To spin a cocoon or a web.
    Spiders weave beautiful but deadly webs.
  3. To unite by close connection or intermixture.
  4. To compose creatively and intricately; to fabricate.
    to weave the plot of a story
Related termsEdit
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weave (plural weaves)

  1. A type or way of weaving.
    That rug has a very tight weave.
  2. Human or artificial hair worn to alter one's appearance, either to supplement or to cover the natural hair.

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English weven (to wander); probably from Old Norse veifa (move around, wave), related to Latin vibrare.


weave (third-person singular simple present weaves, present participle weaving, simple past and past participle weaved)

  1. (intransitive) To move by turning and twisting.
    The drunk weaved into another bar.
    • 2017 August 20, “The Observer view on the attacks in Spain”, in The Observer[1]:
      The victims’ feeling of incredulity at what they were seeing, swiftly turning to paralysing fear as the van bore down on them, swerving and weaving to hit as many people as possible, can barely be imagined.
    • 2011 January 15, Saj Chowdhury, “Man City 4 - 3 Wolves”, in BBC[2]:
      Tevez picked up a throw-in from the right, tip-toed his way into the area and weaved past three Wolves challenges before slotting in to display why, of all City's multi-million pound buys, he remains their most important player.
  2. (transitive) To make (a path or way) by winding in and out or from side to side.
    The ambulance weaved its way through the heavy traffic.