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 weedy

Historical Examples of weedy

  • Whether they were or not, did not appear; but they all had a weedy look.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • The gravel sweep was weedy, and grass had sprung up at the very jaws of the garage.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • I was growing up tall and weedy, and most like my strength went into that.

    Rosin the Beau

    Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards

  • "We don't go quick, do we" he remarked, and looked on the weedy track for another.

    The Longest Journey

    E. M. Forster

  • Dews hung red and grey on the weedy banks and wayside trees.

British Dictionary definitions for weedy


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 weedy

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

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