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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
1545-55; leaf + -y1
Related forms
leafiness, noun Unabridged
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  • His attitude, it appeared, puzzled them as much as it did Ned, watching from his leafy bower.

  • Bower, which now suggests a leafy arbour, had no such sense in Mid.

    The Romance of Names Ernest Weekley
  • They grew more closely together, and were larger, their leafy tops meeting in an arch overhead, making the road quite dusky.

  • You never know what a big thing a leafy tree is till it comes down.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • Cows pastured there, penetrating through the leafy passages from one opening to another, and browsing among the bushes.

    In the Wilderness Charles Dudley Warner
British Dictionary definitions for leafy


adjective leafier, leafiest
covered with or having leaves
resembling a leaf or leaves
Derived Forms
leafiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for leafy

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

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