adjective, thread·i·er, thread·i·est.
  1. consisting of or resembling a thread or threads; fibrous; filamentous.
  2. stringy or viscid, as a liquid.
  3. (of the pulse) thin and feeble.
  4. (of sound, the voice, etc.) lacking fullness; weak; feeble.

Origin of thready

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at thread, -y1
Related formsthread·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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adjective threadier or threadiest
  1. of, relating to, or resembling a thread or threads
  2. med (of the pulse) barely perceptible; weak; fine
  3. sounding thin, weak, or reedya thready tenor
Derived Formsthreadiness, noun
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