Green’s Dictionary of Slang

weeds n.

1. clothes.

[UK]Langland Piers Plowman’s Vision (B) XI line 236: For his poure apparaill and pylgrymes wedes.
A Little Geste of Robin Hood in Pollard (1903) 44: Now, put on your simple weeds That ye brought from the sea. [...] His Knightes five, Everych of them in monks weed .
[UK]Udall (trans.) Erasmus’ Apophthegms (1564) Bk I 119: In that wede or habite, he is set out in all imagerie or pictures of hangings or peinted clothes.
[UK]B. Googe Popish Kingdome IV 48: Both men and women chaunge their weede, the men in maydes aray, And wanton wenches drest like men.
[UK]Three Ladies of London III: Now he comes in Turkish weedes to defeat me of my money.
[UK]Merry Knack to Know a Knave F2: Thou shalt be attyrde in some base weedes.
[UK]Look About You xxv: Now, holy Skink, in thy religious weed.
[UK]Shakespeare Winter’s Tale IV iii: These your unusual weeds to each part of you Do give a life.
[UK]M. Drayton Battle of Agincourt 16: A Workmayd in her Summers weed.
[UK]J. Shirley School of Complement III ii: Sure thy father Was Maias sonne, disguis’d in Shepherds weeds.
[UK]Marlowe Lascivious Queen II iv: (stage direction) Enter Cole and Crab in Trousers, the Cardinall in one of their weeds.
[Ire]Head Eng. Rogue I 131: Perceiving how agreeable my Features, Stature and Gesture were to my Female Weeds, I resolved to trie some projects in them.
[Ire]Head Nugae Venales 252: The old Gentlewoman plaid the changling with her Sex, by throwing off her Female Weeds.
[UK]N. Ward Amorous Bugbears 25: Not withstanding they had disguised themselves in sober Weeds.
[UK]‘Hercules Vinegar’ The Cudgel or Crab-tree Lecture 4: Her Jacket [...] stunk of Tar; To air her Weeds, [...] A Boat she call’d, and up the Thames she went.
J. Upton New Canto of Fairy Queene 14: Hercules forgot the Man, And weakly don’d a haughty Woman’s Weeds.
[UK]H. Brooke Fool of Quality II 73: I [...] left my Weeds in her Custody.
[UK]Sheffield Register 9 Feb. 4/2: Mester Cawlipawsh died suddenly [...] and has left a blooming widow, who [...] will cut a reight gud figger in her weeds.
[UK]T. Morton School For Grown Children III iii: La, missus! how glad I be you are out of your dismal weeds!
D. Jerrold Story of Feather 146: ‘And yet I must go into weeds,’ sighed the widow.
[US]T. Haliburton Season Ticket 173: Some one else, will put on the weeds.
[UK] in G.D. Atkin House Scraps 169: Gone those expensive weeds / Gone with our mashing suits, / Gone with our varnished boots.
[UK]Blackburn Standard 9 July 2/8: She spared no expenses in either the quantity or quality of her mourning weeds.
[Ire]Joyce Ulysses 529: Mrs Dignam, widow woman [...] hurries by in her weeds.
[US]D. Runyon Runyon à la Carte 85: I do not know about the propriety of a beautiful in widow’s weeds attending the theater.
[US](con. 1900s) S. Longstreet Pedlocks (1971) 170: Have to put on weeds for the old lady, I suppose?
[UK]A. Bleasdale Who’s Been Sleeping in my Bed 205: Y’can’t be wearin’ widows’ weeds f’y’dad when y’the same age as y’Mam.
[UK]A. Sillitoe Birthday 197: She had dragged out her widow’s weeds to get togged up in.

2. see weed n.1 (1d)