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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
First recorded in 1820-30; bead + -y1
Related forms
beadily, adverb
beadiness, noun Unabridged
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  • His weapons had been indeed removed, and the marshal was looking at him with beady eyes.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • 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
  • Even your beady eyes can see there is no one in the hole but Button-Bright.

    The Lost Princess of Oz

    L. Frank Baum
  • Its beady eyes held me for a moment, as they are said to hypnotize a bird.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh

    Edith Eudora Kohl
  • Rock's beady eyes opened wider as he took in the occupants of the room.

    El Diablo Brayton Norton
  • One could be that she'd get the beady eye anyway as soon as she showed up here.

    Legacy James H Schmitz
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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