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[ree-dee] /ˈri di/
adjective, reedier, reediest.
full of reeds:
a reedy marsh.
consisting or made of a reed or reeds:
a reedy pipe.
like a reed or reeds:
reedy grass.
having a sound like that of a reed instrument.
Origin of reedy
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at reed, -y1
Related forms
reediness, noun Unabridged
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  • Now in the heat of summer well within its reedy banks, but often spreading itself in flood-time far and wide.

    Oxford Frederick Douglas How
  • "I've heard it all before," Rat said, with a note of boredom in his reedy voice.

    Starman's Quest Robert Silverberg
  • It depicted the assault and capture of a Maori pah, standing on a hill that rose gradually from the margin of a reedy swamp.

  • It was a tinkly, reedy instrument, for none of that household had any turn for music.

    The Good Soldier Ford Madox Ford
  • The lake, whose banks are for the most part steep and reedy, never tempts her when she is about to spawn.

  • It frequents the wooded and reedy banks of the great rivers.

  • He could almost fancy that the tiger was beneath the house, hiding in the reedy grass that had sprung up amidst the ruins.

    Middy and Ensign G. Manville Fenn
  • The male voice was peculiar; it was, as I told you, reedy and nasal.

    The Room in the Dragon Volant J. Sheridan LeFanu
  • The adjacent coast of the mainland was uninhabited, a reedy marsh given over to the grim beasts that haunted it.

    The Devil in Iron Robert E. Howard
  • She answered to the peculiar, reedy twang in his penetrating voice.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
British Dictionary definitions for reedy


adjective reedier, reediest
(of a place, esp a marsh) abounding in reeds
of or like a reed
having a tone like a reed instrument; shrill or piping: a reedy voice
Derived Forms
reedily, adverb
reediness, noun
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Word Origin and History for reedy

late 14c., "full of reeds," from reed + -y (2), or from Old English hreodig. Of tones, from 1811 in reference to musical reeds. Related: Reediness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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