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[ wood-ee ]


, wood·i·er, wood·i·est.
  1. abounding with woods; 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.


or wood·ie

[ wood-ee ]


, plural wood·ies.
  1. Slang. a station wagon having wood or simulated-wood panels on the outside of the body.
  2. Slang: Vulgar. an erection of the penis.



[ wuhd-ee, woo-dee ]


plural: woodieswoodier woodiest



[ wood-ee ]


  1. a male given name, form of Woodrow.


/ ˈwʊdɪ /


  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 lignin

    woody stems

    woody tissue

  4. resembling wood in hardness or texture
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Derived Forms

  • ˈwoodiness, noun
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Other Words From

  • woodi·ness noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of woody1

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English; wood 1, -y 1

Origin of woody2

First recorded in 1940–45 woody 2fordef 2; in 1960–65 woody 2fordef 1; wood 1 + -y 2
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Example Sentences

That twisting action is due to how the pods’ woody fibers line up at the microscopic level.

Grasses and other plants in nonforest ecosystems would need to expend just over 1 percent of their energy stores, largely because such plants are far shorter and have less resistance to the flow of sap within their tissues than woody plants do.

There’s no species called a “bonsai tree” — the word literally means “tree in a pot,” and virtually any woody tree or shrub can be trained as a bonsai.

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Woody said she has learned of disruptions of other Zoom events in a similar way that are being referred to as “Zoom bombing” incidents.

Woody said 60 people from across the country registered for the event, but only about 39 people signed on to the Zoom site when the hacker began to disrupt the event.

So with Woody, his first 3-5 films will be your favorites, or your first 3-5 Sam Shepard plays will be your favorites.

I would have never predicted when I saw Cheers that Woody Harrelson was going to be one of the great actors of this generation.

Wally said, “One day, Woody Allen will pass, and people will wonder if he really lived.”

Woody Allen once remarked that 80 or 90 % of life was just showing up.

But Willie Watson is a throwback to the days of Woody Guthrie and early Bob Dylan.

Grant's Island is higher than the others, which are merely small woody islets, the centre is in 11 degrees 10 minutes.

The fruit consists of radiating, somewhat woody fibres, terminating in a tuberculated and slightly papillose surface.

The woody hollow of Cowan's Bridge was foggy, unwholesome, damp.

They then put forth new leaves and flowers, and after sixteen or eighteen months they become slightly woody.

This is largely due to the fact that plant cells have woody walls that the digestive juices cannot act upon.