weedy

[wee-dee]
adjective, weed·i·er, weed·i·est.
  1. full of or abounding in weeds.
  2. consisting of or pertaining to weeds.
  3. (of a plant, flower, etc.) growing poorly or in a straggling manner.
  4. (of a person or animal) scrawny or ungainly.

Origin of weedy

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at weed1, -y1
Related formsweed·i·ly, adverbweed·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for weediness

Historical Examples of weediness

  • There was not about him any sign that you could see of flabbiness or weediness.

    The Combined Maze

    May Sinclair

  • What he first noted in her with wonder and admiration was the absence of weediness and flabbiness.

    The Combined Maze

    May Sinclair

  • And Ranny despised the votaries of intellectual light; he more than suspected them of Weediness, if not of Flabbiness.

    The Combined Maze

    May Sinclair


British Dictionary definitions for weediness

weedy

adjective weedier or weediest
  1. full of or containing weedsweedy land
  2. (of a plant) resembling a weed in rapid or straggling growth
  3. informal thin or weakly in appearance
Derived Formsweedily, adverbweediness, noun
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Word Origin and History for weediness

weedy

adj.

early 15c., from weed + -y (2). Of persons, from 1852.

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