adjective, reed·i·er, reed·i·est.

full of reeds: a reedy marsh.
consisting or made of a reed or reeds: a reedy pipe.
like a reed or reeds: reedy grass.
having a sound like that of a reed instrument.

Nearby words

  1. reeding,
  2. reedley,
  3. reedling,
  4. reedman,
  5. reeducate,
  6. reef,
  7. reef knot,
  8. reef point,
  9. reef whitetip shark,
  10. reefer

Origin of reedy

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at reed, -y1

Related formsreed·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for reediness


adjective reedier or reediest

(of a place, esp a marsh) abounding in reeds
of or like a reed
having a tone like a reed instrument; shrill or pipinga reedy voice
Derived Formsreedily, adverbreediness, noun

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Word Origin and History for reediness



late 14c., "full of reeds," from reed + -y (2), or from Old English hreodig. Of tones, from 1811 in reference to musical reeds. Related: Reediness.

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