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weedy

[wee-dee]
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adjective, weed·i·er, weed·i·est.
  1. full of or abounding in weeds.
  2. consisting of or pertaining to weeds.
  3. (of a plant, flower, etc.) growing poorly or in a straggling manner.
  4. (of a person or animal) scrawny or ungainly.
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Origin of weedy

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at weed1, -y1
Related formsweed·i·ly, adverbweed·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for weedy

Historical Examples

  • Whether they were or not, did not appear; but they all had a weedy look.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • The gravel sweep was weedy, and grass had sprung up at the very jaws of the garage.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • I was growing up tall and weedy, and most like my strength went into that.

    Rosin the Beau

    Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards

  • "We don't go quick, do we" he remarked, and looked on the weedy track for another.

    The Longest Journey

    E. M. Forster

  • Dews hung red and grey on the weedy banks and wayside trees.


British Dictionary definitions for weedy

weedy

adjective weedier or weediest
  1. full of or containing weedsweedy land
  2. (of a plant) resembling a weed in rapid or straggling growth
  3. informal thin or weakly in appearance
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Derived Formsweedily, adverbweediness, noun
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Word Origin and History for weedy

adj.

early 15c., from weed + -y (2). Of persons, from 1852.

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