\ 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

Examples of beady in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The unveiling of the statue, with its beady eyes and awkward smile, sent the Internet into a meltdown, with many struggling to see any resemblance at all. Jennifer Hassan, Washington Post, "Phil Collins? Nicolas Cage? A Mexican sculpture of baby Jesus has people split.," 22 Nov. 2019 The cat-sized critter has a half-silver and half-auburn coat, beady eyes, spindly legs, and a pointed face that does indeed look like a cross between a mouse and a deer—but with fangs. Melissa Locker, Smithsonian, "Scientists Thought This Fanged, Cat-Sized Deer Was Gone for Good—Now It’s Been Found Again in Vietnam," 12 Nov. 2019 For a long time, bats were often portrayed in a negative light — think huge, blood-sucking fangs and beady eyes — but that image has begun to change, advocates said. Patrick M. O'connell,, "Bats live mostly out of sight and out of mind. But their falling numbers are a reason to look up and worry, scientists say.," 31 Oct. 2019 On page 117 Mar descends the steps of her subterranean West Village restaurant, the Beatrice Inn, wearing a fur coat and Louboutins, bottle of Champagne in one hand, beady-eyed skunk on a leash in the other. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "Angie Mar’s Cookbook Is a Giant Middle Finger to All Other Cookbooks," 21 Oct. 2019 Minnesota’s common loon, a sleek black-and-white bird with beady red eyes, could lose its entire summer range; Pennsylvania’s ruffed grouse, a plump creature with dappled feathers, could lose both its summer and winter ranges. National Geographic, "Rising temperatures could make some U.S. state birds ‘stateless’," 10 Oct. 2019 Unsurprisingly, Guston draws Nixon with beady, shifty eyes. Los Angeles Times, "Review: As impeachment flashbacks go, few better than Philip Guston’s ‘Tricky Dick’ drawings," 9 Oct. 2019 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

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First Known Use of beady

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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29 Nov 2019

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“Beady.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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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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