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[bee-dee] /ˈbi di/
adjective, beadier, beadiest.
beadlike; small, globular, and glittering:
beady eyes.
covered with or full of beads.
Origin of beady
1820-30; bead + -y1
Related forms
beadily, adverb
beadiness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for beady
  • Your eyes meet the snake's beady gaze through a tiny mirror above your head.
  • They stay around, beady eyes on their sons messing up their legacies.
  • The government is casting a beady eye over severance terms and early retirement in the civil service.
  • On the other hand, you'd also tend to regard her stuff with a rather beady eye.
  • On the way out of the dining room she pushed my chair past the parrot, who turned to watch us, his beady eyes blinking.
  • It provides standard dialogue exchanges for the cast members so their beady-eyed grasping is obvious.
  • The eyes of a shrew are beady, whereas a mouse has larger eyes.
  • The ears are short and rounded, the whiskers prominent and the small eyes beady.
  • Their little beady eyes can get lost without some sort of light striking them.
  • Small, widely separated beady eyes are located on top of the head.
British Dictionary definitions for beady


adjective beadier, beadiest
small, round, and glittering: used esp of eyes
resembling or covered with beads
Derived Forms
beadily, adverb
beadiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for beady

in reference to eyes, 1826, from bead (n.) + -y (2). Related: Beadily; beadiness.

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