\ 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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In the same leafy neighborhood, Nadler Kensington offers modern rooms (superior fits three, $240; deluxe fits four, $277) equipped with kitchenettes. Amy Tara Koch, Twin Cities, "Finding European hotel rooms for families can be tough. Here are suggestions in 8 cities.," 6 July 2019 Take leafy neighborhoods like Laurelhurst, where residents shielded themselves from development by seeking a historical area designation. oregonlive.com, "Emotions flare as Portland, long friendly to neighborhoods, weighs gutting their powers," 2 July 2019 My introduction to Buttigieg came during a Saturday morning backyard event in a leafy neighborhood near downtown Des Moines. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "On the Oratory Trail in Iowa," 11 June 2019 The Israeli Embassy in Poland is in a leafy residential neighborhood. Vanessa Gera, The Seattle Times, "Israeli marks 70th anniversary of 1st diplomatic outpost," 23 Oct. 2018 For years, activist groups have regularly picketed outside several of the most high-profile McDonald's in the company's hometown and the leafy 86-acre campus in Oak Brook. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "Food & Drink / News / Animals McDonald’s new West Loop HQ is ‘perfect’ location for protesters to get their messages out," 25 May 2018 During his years on the Harvard campus — and living in Kirkland House — Jared Kushner fit in on the leafy campus. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "Jared Kushner, He Knows Good Food," 22 May 2018 The borough commission has since given its blessing to a developer’s latest plan to build 80 market-rate townhouses, as well as 10 to 12 affordable units, on a portion of the lovely, leafy 19.2-acre campus at Kings Highway and Hopkins Lane. Kevin Riordan, Philly.com, "After 12 years, South Jersey town's battle over former Bancroft site may be far from over," 13 May 2018 Her doctorate in strategic planning proved to be a timely fit for the leafy campus in Myers Park. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Queens University of Charlotte president to step down in 2019 after 16 years of change | Charlotte Observer," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of leafy

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

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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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