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[wee-dee] /ˈwi di/
adjective, weedier, weediest.
full of or abounding in weeds.
consisting of or pertaining to weeds.
(of a plant, flower, etc.) growing poorly or in a straggling manner.
(of a person or animal) scrawny or ungainly.
Origin of weedy
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English; see weed1, -y1
Related forms
weedily, adverb
weediness, noun Unabridged
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  • My grandfather's grave turned into the light, and the dew on his weedy little mortality patch was glorious.
  • He is played by a different actor each time-the first rotund and bumbling, the latest weedy and quiet.
  • Above the shoulder of a weedy bank the sea glittered.
  • Meanwhile the economic and political one is weedy and neglected.
  • It now stands on a lonely corner overlooking weedy lots.
  • Look for them in weedy bays and coves, or along deep sloping points with shallow water nearby.
  • Unique ocean specimens, including a weedy sea dragon, are plentiful throughout the aquarium.
  • Some have even suggested that our weedy jaw muscles made way for our large brains and thus facilitated their evolution.
  • They had grown weedy beards, their skin glowed yellow from the leached raft dye, and their bodies were patterned with salt sores.
  • Crackling underfoot, the ground was weedy and cold, not far above freezing.
British Dictionary definitions for weedy


adjective weedier, weediest
full of or containing weeds: weedy land
(of a plant) resembling a weed in rapid or straggling growth
(informal) thin or weakly in appearance
Derived Forms
weedily, adverb
weediness, noun
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Word Origin and History for weedy

early 15c., from weed + -y (2). Of persons, from 1852.

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