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reedy

[ree-dee] /ˈri di/
adjective, reedier, reediest.
1.
full of reeds:
a reedy marsh.
2.
consisting or made of a reed or reeds:
a reedy pipe.
3.
like a reed or reeds:
reedy grass.
4.
having a sound like that of a reed instrument.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see reed, -y1
Related forms
reediness, noun
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Examples from the web for reedy
  • At this point our affable, reedy and somewhat tweedy speaker becomes a bit nervous.
  • Boardwalks circuit the little lakes and reedy creeks, and the buses stop to let parties of trippers stroll at their own pace.
  • It was something else, an awesome expanse of reedy sameness.
  • With a distended belly out of proportion to her reedy frame, she seems at once overweight and frail.
  • They were accustomed to sleep in the open, while the picketed horses grazed beside them near some shallow, reedy pool.
  • His voice was thin, reedy, not quite suited for the high notes or large gestures of the standard tenor.
British Dictionary definitions for reedy

reedy

/ˈriːdɪ/
adjective reedier, reediest
1.
(of a place, esp a marsh) abounding in reeds
2.
of or like a reed
3.
having a tone like a reed instrument; shrill or piping: a reedy voice
Derived Forms
reedily, adverb
reediness, noun
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Word Origin and History for reedy
adj.

late 14c., "full of reeds," from reed + -y (2), or from Old English hreodig. Of tones, from 1811 in reference to musical reeds. Related: Reediness.

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