[ bee-dee ]


, bead·i·er, bead·i·est.
  1. beadlike; small, globular, and glittering:

    beady eyes.

  2. covered with or full of beads.


/ ˈbiːdɪ /


  1. small, round, and glittering: used esp of eyes
  2. resembling or covered with beads
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Derived Forms

  • ˈbeadiness, noun
  • ˈbeadily, adverb
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Other Words From

  • beadi·ly adverb
  • beadi·ness noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of beady1

First recorded in 1820–30; bead + -y 1
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Example Sentences

Common wisdom holds that this long-tailed rodent will snatch your diamond rings and gold watches, your loose change and car keys, and hoard them in glistening stockpiles like some miniature, beady-eyed dragon.

She went outside to her yard and saw hundreds of beady-eyed insects enrobed in a thick shell of gold emerging out of the ground and crawling up the trees.

Pavlovic submitted a sketch that captured the creature’s spooky aesthetic, right down to its beady eyes and the fabric-like swirls of its outfit.

He would speak too close to you, his voice a monotone rattle sliding out from his endlessly smirking mouth, his beady dead eyes staring from under bushy eyebrows and over a nose like a hatchet.

From Ozy

It’s the stuttering, beady-eyed performances of some of the characters.

From Vox

He agreed, and I could almost feel his beady little eyes going ‘KERCHING!’

A tiny spaniel lay beside the fire, his beady black eyes following the nervous movements of the master of the house.

But as he turned toward the door she caught a glimpse of a glossy black mustache, and two beady black eyes.

Then its cold, beady eyes were fixed on Dick and it uttered a vicious hiss.

For out of the box glided a real, live snake, fully three feet long, and with beady and dangerous looking eyes!

Don't thet beady-eyed greaser's gall make you want to spit all over yourself?





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