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 EnglishRelated formsweed·i·ly, adverbweed·i·ness, noun
word dating back to 1375–1425;
see origin at weed1
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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.
What he first noted in her with wonder and admiration was the absence of weediness and flabbiness.
And Ranny despised the votaries of intellectual light; he more than suspected them of Weediness, if not of Flabbiness.
British Dictionary definitions for weediness
Derived Formsweedily, adverbweediness, noun 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
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Word Origin and History for weediness
early 15c., from weed + -y (2). Of persons, from 1852.
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