\ ˈbē-dē How to pronounce beady (audio) \
beadier; beadiest

Definition of beady

1a : resembling beads
b : small, round, and shiny with interest or greed beady eyes
2 : marked by bubbles or beads a beady liquor

Other Words from beady

beadily \ ˈbē-​də-​lē How to pronounce beady (audio) \ adverb

Examples of beady in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to the Desert Museum, the Gila monster has a large head with small beady eyes and a short fat tail. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 21 Oct. 2021 His head was slightly turned, with one of his beady eyes glaring at me. David Howard, Popular Mechanics, 11 Aug. 2021 The fish, also known as convict fish for their black and grey horizontally striped body and ability to steal bait, have large, beady black eyes and an uncanny grin that resembles a human smile. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Aug. 2021 Close the lid and pulse in a series of short bursts, until the mixture looks uniformly beady but does not yet form large clumps of dough., 8 June 2021 The large, winged bugs with beady red eyes made their presence known in Maryland over the weekend. Mckenna Oxenden,, 17 May 2021 After Thursday’s hike, a needle jabbed above a turtle’s head to draw blood while the reptile clawed through air with its rusty legs and stared ahead with beady red eyes. Morgan Greene,, 7 May 2021 Pavlovic submitted a sketch that captured the creature’s spooky aesthetic, right down to its beady eyes and the fabric-like swirls of its outfit. Molly Born, Washington Post, 6 May 2021 The large, winged bugs with beady red eyes grow underground by sucking on tree roots for either 13 or 17 years, before emerging in spectacular numbers to mate and lay eggs in the treetops. Christine Condon,, 4 May 2021

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First Known Use of beady

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Beady.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of beady

used to describe eyes that are small, round, and shiny and that usually suggest a bad quality (such as greed or dishonesty)


\ ˈbē-dē How to pronounce beady (audio) \
beadier; beadiest

Kids Definition of beady

: like a bead especially in being small, round, and shiny beady eyes

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