\ 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 one post earlier this year, Cash and Alexander are beanie-clad and huddled together on a leafy hike—picture perfect. Kathryn Wirsing, Marie Claire, "Aya Cash Takes a Turn for the Best," 30 Apr. 2019 The video begins with Twigs wearing an intricate, leafy lace bikini and eight-inch metallic platform heels, stepping out on a stage before launching into a frenetic pole-dancing routine. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "FKA Twigs Shows Off Impressive Pole-Dancing Skills in a New Music Video," 24 Apr. 2019 The movie theater, lined with parquet floors, takes in leafy views through a picture window. Jack Flemming, The Seattle Times, "After price drop, Dennis Quaid sells romantic Palisades retreat," 29 Mar. 2019 Advertising Food poisoning outbreaks tied to leafy greens have been an ongoing concern for health officials. Candice Choi, The Seattle Times, "Emails show FDA worry after romaine outbreaks," 29 Mar. 2019 Quick, stippled brush marks conjure a leafy tree, while loose strokes of color cut a roadway through the grasses to what appears to be an Indian burial mound on the horizon. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Grafton Tyler Brown's California scenes at Pasadena museum's final show," 30 June 2018 The familiar roar from a crowd of golf fans that seemingly only Tiger Woods can command echoed and caromed off the leafy ash trees at Muirfield Village Golf Club once again. Patrick Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "Bryson DeChambeau prevails in Memorial Tournament playoff as Tiger Woods fades early Sunday," 3 June 2018 The virtual tour leads viewers through leafy trees and down verdant paths that will soon transform the former Glenbrook Golf Course along Sims Bayou. Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle, "'Fly' across the Houston Botanic Garden on a virtual tour," 9 May 2018 Dried sedum, with its billowing seed head, looks like the archetype of a leafy tree. Michael Tortorello, New York Times, "A Lifelike Version of Nature, but Not to Scale," 8 May 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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a strong desire or propensity

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