[ wee-dee ]
/ ˈwi di /

adjective, weed·i·er, weed·i·est.

full of or abounding in weeds.
consisting of or pertaining to weeds.
(of a plant, flower, etc.) growing poorly or in a straggling manner.
(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

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

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

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

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British Dictionary definitions for weediness


/ (ˈwiːdɪ) /

adjective weedier or weediest

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



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

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