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

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Mirror the birds' dead, beady eyes in yours to assert your dominance and protect your snacks. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Here's Exactly How to Keep Jerk Seagulls Away from Your Food, According to Science," 7 Aug. 2019 According to the report, Arsenal have had their beady eyes on Bowen since January and see him as a cheaper alternative to Wilfried Zaha, who Palace value at around £14bn plus add-ons., "Transfer Rumours: Bowen to Arsenal, McNeil to Juventus, McGinn to Man Utd & More," 2 July 2019 Second place went to Wild Thang, a Pekinese with beady eyes and a disturbing tongue, owned by Ann Lewis of Los Angeles. John Rogers, Twin Cities, "Scamp the Tramp wins World’s Ugliest Dog Contest," 24 June 2019 Also, with his shiny pate and beady eyes, Harris looked vaguely like a serial killer. Lucinda Rosenfeld, Harper's magazine, "First Daughters," 10 Feb. 2019 With their miniature equine snouts and beady eyes, seahorses look very different than most other fish. Sarah Lazarus, CNN, "Used as a natural Viagra in Chinese medicine, seahorse numbers are declining," 6 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of beady

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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