\ ˈlē-fē How to pronounce leafy (audio) \
leafier; leafiest

Definition of leafy

1a : furnished with or abounding in leaves leafy woodlands
b : having broad-bladed leaves mosses, grasses, and leafy plants
c : consisting chiefly of leaves leafy vegetables
2 : resembling a leaf specifically : laminate

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Synonyms & Antonyms for leafy


green, grown, lush, luxuriant, overgrown, verdant


barren, leafless

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Examples of leafy in a Sentence

the backyard's leafy bushes look nice, but have a tendency to attract deer

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Zuckerbrot’s other lunch suggestions include a lentil soup and leafy-green side salad, or a whole-wheat wrap with veggies and protein. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "How to Kill Your Afternoon Sugar Craving," 7 Jan. 2019 Here's what this leafy green can do in terms of your health. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Fact: Cabbage Packs the Same Nutritional Benefits as Kale," 7 Jan. 2019 The Spanish conveniently located the Museo del Prado—loaded with paintings by Velásquez, Goya and El Greco—just up the leafy Paseo del Prado from Atocha Station, where the high-speed trains from France pull in. William Sertl, WSJ, "Brief, Breezy and Foolproof Itineraries to 6 European Cities," 16 Jan. 2019 This vast jumble that makes up Kakuma could not be further away in spirit and setting from SNHU’s leafy campus 55 miles north of Boston. Deirdre Fernandes, BostonGlobe.com, "An education in hope," 7 July 2018 Back-to-back E. coli outbreaks this year linked to romaine lettuce resulted in hundreds of illnesses and five deaths, leaving lettuce to rot in fields and clearing store shelves of the leafy salad green. Jesse Newman, WSJ, "Foodborne Illness Outbreaks in Spotlight as Technology Improves," 18 Dec. 2018 Potential crops include lettuces and leafy greens like spinach and kale, herbs like basil and mint, strawberries, mushrooms, carrots, eggplants, and a wide variety of others. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Abandoned Coal Mines Could Be Future of Farming," 3 Dec. 2018 The school's nestled between curvy, leafy streets in a wealthy residential neighborhood of Shaker Heights. Grant Segall, cleveland.com, "Fran Bisselle, one of 15 blended sibs, leads our longest-running prep school for girls: My Cleveland (photos)," 11 Jan. 2018 Think red or green cabbage, carrots, dark leafy greens (spinach, kale, chard, mustard greens, shredded Brussels sprouts — anything that strikes your fancy). Carrie Dennett, The Seattle Times, "Grain bowls are trending. Here’s how to make your own.," 28 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of leafy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of leafy was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of leafy

: having many leaves or trees
: consisting mostly of leaves


\ ˈlē-fē How to pronounce leafy (audio) \
leafier; leafiest

Kids Definition of leafy

: having, covered with, or resembling leaves leafy vegetables

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