adjective, bead·i·er, bead·i·est.

beadlike; small, globular, and glittering: beady eyes.
covered with or full of beads.

Origin of beady

First recorded in 1820–30; bead + -y1
Related formsbead·i·ly, adverbbead·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for beady

Contemporary Examples of beady

Historical Examples of beady

  • His weapons had been indeed removed, and the marshal was looking at him with beady eyes.

  • The beach plum and bayberry bushes on the dunes were spangled with beady drops.

    Keziah Coffin

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • The beady eyes vanished and reappeared, and they considered me impassively.

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini

  • Sautee shook his head; his beady, black eyes glowed, and he stroked his chin.

    The Coyote

    James Roberts

  • Inside the hole, he saw a single rat, staring at him with beady eyes.

    Anything You Can Do ...

    Gordon Randall Garrett

British Dictionary definitions for beady


adjective beadier or beadiest

small, round, and glittering: used esp of eyes
resembling or covered with beads
Derived Formsbeadily, adverbbeadiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for beady

in reference to eyes, 1826, from bead (n.) + -y (2). Related: Beadily; beadiness.

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