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.
Origin of reedy
Middle EnglishRelated formsreed·i·ness, noun
word dating back to 1350–1400;
see origin at reed
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British Dictionary definitions for reediness
Derived Formsreedily, adverbreediness, noun 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
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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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