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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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  • A crow is cawing in a tree, and looks with beady eyes below.

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

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "You look like a prince in it, Mr. Lint," pretty Rachel said, coaxing him with her beady black eyes.

    Burlesques William Makepeace Thackeray
  • The beady eyes vanished and reappeared, and they considered me impassively.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • A man with beady eyes, who might well be called "black-complexioned," curtly demanded our business.

    Poor Folk in Spain Jan Gordon
  • 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
  • Rock's beady eyes opened wider as he took in the occupants of the room.

    El Diablo Brayton Norton
  • Once dispatched, the three ears lost their kernels giving old women to this day their namesake of beady eyes.

    The Land of Look Behind Paul Cameron Brown
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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