adjective, thread·i·er, thread·i·est.

consisting of or resembling a thread or threads; fibrous; filamentous.
stringy or viscid, as a liquid.
(of the pulse) thin and feeble.
(of sound, the voice, etc.) lacking fullness; weak; feeble.

Nearby words

  1. threadfin,
  2. threadfish,
  3. threadneedle street,
  4. threads,
  5. threadworm,
  6. thready pulse,
  7. threap,
  8. threat,
  9. threaten,
  10. threatened

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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for thready


adjective threadier or threadiest

of, relating to, or resembling a thread or threads
med (of the pulse) barely perceptible; weak; fine
sounding thin, weak, or reedya thready tenor
Derived Formsthreadiness, noun

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