beadier; beadiest
: resembling beads
: small, round, and shiny with interest or greed
beady eyes
: marked by bubbles or beads
a beady liquor
beadily adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Expect more to appear in the coming months and years as the next generation of powerful telescopes focus their beady eyes on the vast population of dwarf planets orbiting the Sun beyond Neptune. The Physics Arxiv Blog, Discover Magazine, 21 Apr. 2023 That lavish imagination, that beady understanding of power. Mary Ann Gwinn, Los Angeles Times, 24 Sep. 2022 The heads of more recent scorpion species are adorned with multiple rows of beady, pinprick eyes. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Jan. 2020 Or, like, their beady red eyes get brighter. Maggie Fremont, Vulture, 6 Sep. 2021 This week's new series, conversely, is a full return to the Fraggle-verse of old, complete with a massive underground lair built by tiny, beady-eyed characters known as Doozers. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 20 Jan. 2022 His eyes beady, his forehead shiny, and his speech slightly out of sync from his mouth. Andrew R. Chow, Time, 12 Jan. 2023 Images of Asians having beady, slanted eyes and buck teeth have been a part of the American consciousness for a long time. Washington Post, 26 May 2021 Technical execution involves judges casting a beady eye over competitors' desks to evaluate their cleanliness and organization. Rebecca Ann Hughes, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of beady was in 1826

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Cite this Entry

“Beady.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


beadier; beadiest
: resembling beads
especially : small, round, and shiny
beady eyes

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