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woody1

[woo d-ee] /ˈwʊd i/
adjective, woodier, woodiest.
1.
abounding with woods; wooded.
2.
belonging or pertaining to the woods; sylvan.
3.
consisting of or containing wood; ligneous.
4.
resembling wood, as in appearance, texture, or toughness:
a woody vegetable.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English; see wood1, -y1
Related forms
woodiness, noun

woody2

[wood-ee] /ˈwɒɒd i/
noun, plural woodies. Slang.
1.
a station wagon having wood or simulated-wood panels on the outside of the body.
Also, woodie.
Origin
1960-65; wood1 + -y2

woody3

[wuhd-ee, woo-dee] /ˈwʌd i, ˈwu di/
noun, plural woodies, adjective, woodier, woodiest.
1.
widdy1 .

Woody

[woo d-ee] /ˈwʊd i/
noun
1.
a male given name, form of Woodrow.

Guthrie

[guhth-ree] /ˈgʌθ ri/
noun
1.
A(lfred) B(ertram), Jr. 1901–91, U.S. novelist.
2.
Sir (William) Tyrone, 1900–71, English stage director and producer.
3.
Woodrow Wilson ("Woody") 1912–67, U.S. folk singer.
4.
a city in central Oklahoma: the former state capital.
5.
a male given name.

Herman

[hur-muh n] /ˈhɜr mən/
noun
1.
Woodrow ("Woody") 1913–1987, U.S. jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and bandleader.
2.
a male given name: from Old English words meaning “army” and “ man.”.
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Examples for woody
  • And he rode far in the woody wilderness without food or drink.
  • They infest a wide variety of plants, including woody types as well as flowers and vegetables.
  • But its stems were woody and its habit is described as similar to a mounding lantana.
  • If you don't, they'll become too woody for fast decomposition.
  • Some of the perennials described here have woody-based stems, while others are herbaceous.
  • Clean leaves from gutters, and remove woody vegetation growing against structures.
  • To prevent winter burn on marginally hardy woody plants, cover them before temperatures drop below zero.
  • Plants are fleshy, erect or trailing, woody at base.
  • For some people, burning leaves and the woody, damp crisp smell of fall can do it.
  • The other, more challenging part is to establish woody plants along the ridge to provide bird habitat.
British Dictionary definitions for woody

woody

/ˈwʊdɪ/
adjective woodier, woodiest
1.
abounding in or covered with forest or woods
2.
connected with, belonging to, or situated in a wood
3.
consisting of or containing wood or lignin woody tissue, woody stems
4.
resembling wood in hardness or texture
Derived Forms
woodiness, noun

Guthrie

/ˈɡʌθrɪ/
noun
1.
Samuel. 1782–1848, US chemist: invented percussion priming powder and a punch lock for exploding it, and discovered chloroform (1831)
2.
Sir (William) Tyrone. 1900–71, English theatrical director
3.
Woody, full name Woodrow Wilson Guthrie. 1912–67, US folk singer and songwriter. His songs include "So Long, it's been Good to Know you" (1940) and "This Land is your Land" (1944)
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Word Origin and History for woody
adj.

late 14c., "overgrown with trees and shrubs," from wood (n.) + -y (2). Of plants, "having a stem of wood," from 1570s. As a name for a kind of station wagon with wood panels, by 1961, U.S. surfer slang (real wood exterior panels were rare after 1951 and the last use of real wood was in the 1953 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon). Slang meaning "erection" attested by 1990 (for hardness).

Herman

masc. proper name, from German Hermann, from Old High German Hariman, literally "man of war, warrior," from hari "host, army" (see harry (v.)) + man "man" (see man (n.)).

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woody in Science
wood
  (wd)   
The thick xylem of trees and shrubs, resulting from secondary growth by the vascular cambium, which produces new layers of living xylem. The accumulated living xylem is the sapwood. The older, dead xylem in the interior of the tree forms the heartwood. Often each cycle of growth of new wood is evident as a growth ring. The main components of wood are cellulose and lignin.

woody adjective
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Slang definitions & phrases for woody

wood 2

noun

An erect penis; blue veiner, hard-on (1980s+ Prison)

Related Terms

saw wood


woody

noun
  1. A station wagon with wooden outside trim: Get your woody working (1950s+ Surfers, orig a wooden surfboard)
  2. An erect penis

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