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
Related formsmead·ow·less, adjectivemead·ow·y, adjective

Synonyms for meadow Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for meadowy

Historical Examples of meadowy

  • 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.

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

  • Sweet winds blew from the sunny lake beside her, and small waves sputtered on the meadowy shore.

    Main Street

    Sinclair Lewis

British Dictionary definitions for meadowy



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 Formsmeadowy, adjective

Word Origin for meadow

Old English mædwe, from mǣd mead ²; related to māwan to mow 1
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Word Origin and History for meadowy

1590s, from meadow + -y (2).



Old English mædwe "meadow, pasture," originally "land covered in grass which is mown for hay;" oblique case of mæd (see mead (n.2)).

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