\ 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

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Other Words from beady

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

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The bust, which depicted a beady-eyed, smiling Ronaldo, became a viral sensation and prompted international ridicule. Fox News, "Widely mocked Cristiano Ronaldo bust replaced at Portugal airport," 18 June 2018 The turtles look like miniature dinosaurs, with beady eyes on either side of their heads, ghastly hooked beaks and shells dotted with prehistoric-looking spikes. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Missing a finger? This man just found one — inside a snapping turtle, Louisiana cops say," 13 June 2018 Hovering over it all is a certain nocturnal bird of prey, whose beady eyes and camouflaged beak bear some resemblance, not coincidentally, to a cartoon of an alien. Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle, "CounterPulse artists forge agency with ‘Barn Owl’," 25 May 2018 The headlights lit up his beady eyes just before he was crunched under the left side of the car, leaving a big dent in the bumper. Jack Dickey,, "How Charley Pride Went From Negro League Ballplayer to Country Music's Jackie Robinson," 21 Mar. 2018 The common hamster, as the wild species is known, is about the size and shape of a sweet potato, with calico fur, beady dark eyes and half-moon ears. Ben Crair, Smithsonian, "Why Are These Hamsters Cannibalizing Their Young?," 21 Feb. 2018 The suspect’s eyes are drawn as black and beady, and his left ear is obscured. Jonathan Sperling, NBC News, "‘Cartoonish’ sketch helps police identify thief in Pennsylvania," 9 Feb. 2018 Paul is a weirdo with beady serial-killer eyes and a lengthy criminal record. Sarah Hagi, The Cut, "90 Day Fiancé Is the Best Worst Show on Television," 20 Oct. 2017 The two biggest things that jumped out at me were how flat its head was and for such a large animal how beady its eyes are. Jackson Landers, Smithsonian, "What the Heck Is a Hellbender—And How Can We Make More of Them?," 1 June 2017

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First Known Use of beady

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of beady was in 1826

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English Language Learners Definition of beady

disapproving 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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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