[ med-oh ]
/ ˈmɛd oʊ /


a tract of grassland used for pasture or serving as a hayfield.
a tract of grassland in an upland area near the timberline.

Origin of meadow

before 1000; Middle English medwe, Old English mǣdw-, oblique stem of mǣd mead2; akin to German Matte



mead·ow·less, adjectivemead·ow·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for meadowy

  • Brown streams careered down the long, meadowy hollow on his left, wherein many Hessian soldiers lay buried.

    The Story Of Kennett|Bayard Taylor
  • Sweet winds blew from the sunny lake beside her, and small waves sputtered on the meadowy shore.

    Main Street|Sinclair Lewis
  • Here were no meadowy margins; but the shores were steep and thick-wooded to the water's edge.

    The Haunters of the Silences|Charles G. D. Roberts
  • I feel it, I hear its smothered ripple, not meant for hearing, and I smell its meadowy fragrance.

British Dictionary definitions for meadowy

/ (ˈmɛdəʊ) /


an area of grassland, often used for hay or for grazing of animals
a low-lying piece of grassland, often boggy and near a river

Derived forms of meadow

meadowy, adjective

Word Origin for meadow

Old English mædwe, from mǣd mead ²; related to māwan to mow 1
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