adjective, reed·i·er, reed·i·est.
  1. full of reeds: a reedy marsh.
  2. consisting or made of a reed or reeds: a reedy pipe.
  3. like a reed or reeds: reedy grass.
  4. having a sound like that of a reed instrument.

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. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for reediness


adjective reedier or reediest
  1. (of a place, esp a marsh) abounding in reeds
  2. of or like a reed
  3. 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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