See also: Wey

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English weie, waie, weihe, wæȝe, from Old English wǣġe (a weight; a tool for weighing, balance, scale), from Proto-Germanic *wēgō (scales; weight), from Proto-Indo-European *weǵʰ- (to move, bring, transport). Cognate with German Waage (weight), Icelandic vág (a weight).

PronunciationEdit

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NounEdit

wey (plural weys)

  1. (uncommon, archaic) An old English measure of weight containing 224 pounds; equivalent to 2 hundredweight.
    • c. 1376, William Langland, The Vision of Piers Plowman, Version B, Passus 5, Line 91:
      Than though I hadde this wouke ywonne a weye of Essex cheese.
    • 1843, The Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge[1], volume 27, page 202:
      Seven pounds make a clove, 2 cloves a stone, 2 stone a tod, 6½ tods a wey, 2 weys a sack, 12 sacks a last. [] It is to be observed here that a sack is 13 tods, and a tod 28 pounds, so that the sack is 364 pounds.
    • 1882, James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 4, p. 208:
      Cheese and salt are purchased by the wey of two hundredweight, or by the stone of fourteen pounds.
    • 1858, Peter Lund Simmonds, The Dictionary of Trade Products, Manufacturing, and Technical Terms[2], page 410:
      WEY, WEIGH, an English measure of weight; for wool, equal to 6½ tods of 28 lbs.; a load or five quarters of wheat; 40 bushels of salt, each 56 lbs.; 32 cloves of cheese, each 7 lbs.; 48 bushels of oats and barley; 2 to 3 cwt. of butter.

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Middle EnglishEdit

NounEdit

wey

  1. Alternative form of whey

Nigerian PidginEdit

EtymologyEdit

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ConjunctionEdit

wey

  1. that

PronounEdit

wey

  1. who

SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Variant of güey, representing the relaxed pronunciation of the /gw/ sounds.

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NounEdit

wey m or f (plural weyes)

  1. (Mexico, colloquial slang, eye dialect) chump, punk, dumbass, idiot, jerk
  2. (colloquial) dude, guy, buddy

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