[woo d-ee]
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adjective, wood·i·er, wood·i·est.
  1. abounding with wood; wooded.
  2. belonging or pertaining to the woods; sylvan.
  3. consisting of or containing wood; ligneous.
  4. resembling wood, as in appearance, texture, or toughness: a woody vegetable.

Origin of woody

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at wood1, -y1
Related formswood·i·ness, noun



or wood·ie

[woo d-ee]
noun, plural wood·ies. Slang.
  1. a station wagon having wood or simulated-wood panels on the outside of the body.

Origin of woody

First recorded in 1960–65; wood1 + -y2


[wuhd-ee, woo-dee]Chiefly Scot.
noun, plural wood·ies, adjective, wood·i·er, wood·i·est.
  1. widdy1.


[woo d-ee]
  1. a male given name, form of Woodrow.


  1. A(lfred) B(ertram), Jr.,1901–91, U.S. novelist.
  2. Sir (William) Tyrone,1900–71, English stage director and producer.
  3. Woodrow WilsonWoody, 1912–67, U.S. folk singer.
  4. a city in central Oklahoma: the former state capital.
  5. a male given name.


[hur-muh n]
  1. WoodrowWoody, 1913–1987, U.S. jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and bandleader.
  2. a male given name: from Old English words meaning “army” and “ man.”
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Related Words for woody

sylvan, wooded, wooden, arboraceous, ligneous, xyloid

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British Dictionary definitions for woody


adjective woodier or woodiest
  1. abounding in or covered with forest or woods
  2. connected with, belonging to, or situated in a wood
  3. consisting of or containing wood or ligninwoody tissue; woody stems
  4. resembling wood in hardness or texture
Derived Formswoodiness, noun


  1. Samuel. 1782–1848, US chemist: invented percussion priming powder and a punch lock for exploding it, and discovered chloroform (1831)
  2. Sir (William) Tyrone . 1900–71, English theatrical director
  3. Woody, full name Woodrow Wilson Guthrie. 1912–67, US folk singer and songwriter. His songs include "So Long, it's been Good to Know you" (1940) and "This Land is your Land" (1944)
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Word Origin and History for woody

late 14c., "overgrown with trees and shrubs," from wood (n.) + -y (2). Of plants, "having a stem of wood," from 1570s. As a name for a kind of station wagon with wood panels, by 1961, U.S. surfer slang (real wood exterior panels were rare after 1951 and the last use of real wood was in the 1953 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon). Slang meaning "erection" attested by 1990 (for hardness).


masc. proper name, from German Hermann, from Old High German Hariman, literally "man of war, warrior," from hari "host, army" (see harry (v.)) + man "man" (see man (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

woody in Science


  1. The thick xylem of trees and shrubs, resulting from secondary growth by the vascular cambium, which produces new layers of living xylem. The accumulated living xylem is the sapwood. The older, dead xylem in the interior of the tree forms the heartwood. Often each cycle of growth of new wood is evident as a growth ring. The main components of wood are cellulose and lignin.
Related formswoody adjective
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