tweedy

[twee-dee]
adjective, tweed·i·er, tweed·i·est.
  1. made of or resembling tweed, as in texture, appearance, or the like.
  2. wearing or favoring tweeds, especially as a mark of a casual, sporty, or intellectual way of life, as at college or in the country: a tweedy sportswoman.
  3. accustomed to, preferring, or characterized by the wearing of tweeds, as in genteel country life or academia: a large and tweedy colony of civil servants and government officials.

Origin of tweedy

First recorded in 1910–15; tweed + -y1
Related formstweed·i·ness, noun
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Contemporary Examples of tweedy

Historical Examples of tweedy

  • Wherever a Veitch and a Tweedy met, they fought, and fought to kill.

  • Same house as Molly's namesake, Tweedy, crown solicitor for Waterford.

    Ulysses

    James Joyce

  • Pride of Calpe's rocky mount, the ravenhaired daughter of Tweedy.

    Ulysses

    James Joyce

  • Despite their irritation Mellish and Bondy received Lee with all their tweedy cordiality.

    The Brain

    Alexander Blade

  • The dust, if not the iron, of Tweedy's has entered into his soul; and Tweedy's young men know him as "the Mastodon."


British Dictionary definitions for tweedy

tweedy

adjective tweedier or tweediest
  1. of, made of, or resembling tweed
  2. showing a fondness for a hearty outdoor life, usually associated with wearers of tweeds
Derived Formstweediness, noun
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Word Origin and History for tweedy
adj.

"characteristic of the country or suburban set," 1912, from tweed + -y (2). Related: Tweediness.

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