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beady

[bee-dee]
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adjective, bead·i·er, bead·i·est.
  1. beadlike; small, globular, and glittering: beady eyes.
  2. covered with or full of beads.
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Origin of beady

First recorded in 1820–30; bead + -y1
Related formsbead·i·ly, adverbbead·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for beady

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Historical Examples

  • His weapons had been indeed removed, and the marshal was looking at him with beady eyes.

  • The beach plum and bayberry bushes on the dunes were spangled with beady drops.

    Keziah Coffin

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • The beady eyes vanished and reappeared, and they considered me impassively.

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini

  • Sautee shook his head; his beady, black eyes glowed, and he stroked his chin.

    The Coyote

    James Roberts

  • Inside the hole, he saw a single rat, staring at him with beady eyes.

    Anything You Can Do ...

    Gordon Randall Garrett


British Dictionary definitions for beady

beady

adjective beadier or beadiest
  1. small, round, and glittering: used esp of eyes
  2. resembling or covered with beads
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Derived Formsbeadily, adverbbeadiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for beady

adj.

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

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