- 1 [uncountable, countable] the hard material that the trunk and branches of a tree are made of; this material when it is used to build or make things with, or as a fuel He chopped some wood for the fire. a plank of wood All the furniture was made of wood. a wood floor furniture made of a variety of different woods In the spring, cut out the old wood and shorten the young stems (= of bushes, etc.). see also dead wood, hardwood, softwood, wooden, woody See related entries: Materials and properties
- 2 [countable] (also woods [plural]) an area of trees, smaller than a forest a large wood a walk in the woods see also wooded
- 3[countable] a heavy wooden ball used in the game of bowls
- 4[countable] a golf club with a large head, that was usually made of wood in the past compare iron See related entries: Golf Word Origin Old English wudu, from a Germanic word related to Welsh gwŷdd
used when you have just mentioned some way in which you have been lucky in the past, to avoid bringing bad luck (informal) a particular place or area He's from your neck of the woods (= the area where you live). What are you doing in this neck of the woods? (informal) not yet free from difficulties or problems We’re not out of the woods yet, you know.
to not see or understand the main point about something, because you are paying too much attention to small details
(saying) used when you have just mentioned some way in which you have been lucky in the past, to avoid bringing bad luck I've been driving for over 20 years and never had an accident—touch wood!