\ˈlē-fē \
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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On Sunday night, guests descended upon a small cul-de-sac called St. Leonard’s Square in a leafy north London neighborhood to watch her latest ode to the British capital unfold. Elizabeth Paton, New York Times, "Our 5 Favorite Shows From the Men’s Runways in London," 11 June 2018 The resulting plant-robot hybrid looks like a leafy crab or a robot Bulbasaur. James Vincent, The Verge, "This sun-chasing robot looks after the plant on its head," 12 July 2018 But the accusations revealed in federal court last month left out far uglier details of past policing practices in tranquil Biscayne Park, a leafy wedge of suburbia just north of Miami Shores. Charles Rabin, Jay Weaver And David Ovalle, miamiherald, "The chief wanted perfect stats, so cops were told to pin crimes on blacks, probe found," 12 July 2018 The leafy and lovely downtown features majestic storefronts and homes from the early 1800s to the 1930s, a scenic river walk and plenty of restaurants and shops. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Ultimate Indiana bucket list: 50+ things to do in Indianapolis and around the state," 11 July 2018 Of all the edible leafy green invaders, purslane is one of the most palatable and nutritious. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Purslane may be growing in your lawn; for better health, put it in your diet," 10 July 2018 That was the biggest E. coli outbreak of any kind in the United States since the 2006 leafy spinach outbreak that infected 199. David J. Neal, charlotteobserver, "Nine things a food safety lawyer won’t eat, at home or in a restaurant," 6 July 2018 On the edge of the garden, two American beech trees formed a canopy, extending their leafy branches in welcome. Hattie Bernstein, BostonGlobe.com, "Cool down this summer in these magical gardens," 5 July 2018 The vivid red-and-green leafy plants are celebrated throughout the city with plantings everywhere. Richard Tribou, OrlandoSentinel.com, "52 excuses to visit Florida's Highlands County," 1 July 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 \
leafier; leafiest

Kids Definition of leafy

: having, covered with, or resembling leaves leafy vegetables

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