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[lee-fee] /ˈli fi/
adjective, leafier, leafiest.
having, abounding in, or covered with leaves or foliage:
the leafy woods.
having broad leaves or consisting mainly of leaves:
leafy vegetables.
leaflike; foliaceous.
Origin of leafy
First recorded in 1545-55; leaf + -y1
Related forms
leafiness, noun Unabridged
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  • How far above me seemed that leafy cloudland into which I gazed!

    Green Mansions W. H. Hudson
  • Into it he dropped the ring, covering it again with all the leafy "rubble and wreck" of the wood.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Other little paths led from the clearing into leafy recesses.

  • She would—she must—know what he was saying to his companion in that leafy bower.

    Pretty Madcap Dorothy Laura Jean Libbey
  • Too great vigor is indicated by long, leafy, unbranching shoots.

British Dictionary definitions for leafy


adjective leafier, leafiest
covered with or having leaves
resembling a leaf or leaves
Derived Forms
leafiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for leafy

1550s, from leaf (n.) + -y (2). Related: Leafily; leafiness.

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