\ ˈrē-dē How to pronounce reedy (audio) \
reedier; reediest

Definition of reedy

1 : abounding in or covered with reeds
2 : made of or resembling reeds especially : slender, frail
3 : having the tone quality of a reed instrument

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reediness \ ˈrē-​dē-​nəs How to pronounce reediness (audio) \ noun

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There’s a Huck Finn-like quality to putting around on a small boat exploring reedy regions of river tucked in urban areas, Nardone says. Anna Bauman, Detroit Free Press, "In Detroit, 'trash fishing' is a thing and it's reeling in big catches," 5 June 2019 Salim, a reedy 40-year-old with a wispy goatee, once had a fishing boat and earned enough money catching prawns to build a house of brick and concrete for his family of four in western Myanmar’s Maungdaw district. Shashank Bengali,, "Worldwide, 1 in 110 people is displaced from home. Here's what life is like for some of them," 19 June 2018 Dorough, whose distinctive, reedy voice was featured on many of the series' popular songs and who was also its musical director, died Monday of natural causes at his home in Mount Bethel, Penn., his family confirmed to the Associated Press. James Reed,, "Bob Dorough, jazz artist who wrote catchy, educational ditties for 'Schoolhouse Rock,' dies at 94," 25 Apr. 2018 As a vocalist, Dorough had a reedy voice with a distinctive twang that resembled the stylings of Hoagy Carmichael or Mose Allison. Matt Schude,, "Bob Dorough, who set numbers and grammar to music in 'Schoolhouse Rock!,' dies at 94," 24 Apr. 2018 As a vocalist, Mr. Dorough had a reedy voice with a distinctive twang that resembled the stylings of Hoagy Carmichael or Mose Allison. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Bob Dorough, who set numbers and grammar to music in ‘Schoolhouse Rock!,’ dies at 94," 24 Apr. 2018 On Saturday the Russian artist sang in the original keys – that is, without evident transpositions – and his bright, reedy tenor sailed sweetly and without strain over Bicket’s chamber orchestra, which was playing at modern pitch. John Von Rhein,, "Triumphant new 'Orphee' presages strong partnership of Lyric Opera, Joffrey Ballet," 24 Sep. 2017 Fronting a four-piece band, Jesse Aycock of Tulsa, Okla., offered a ballad-rich country-folk set featuring his sweet, reedy voice. Jim Fusilli, WSJ, "Undiscovered Acts Show That Pop and Rock Talent Runs Deep," 8 Aug. 2017 Out front, there was a child's play kitchen with a sink full of stagnant, reedy water and a white car whose whole front had been sideswiped and deeply dented. Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, GQ, "A Most American Terrorist: The Making of Dylann Roof," 21 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of reedy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of reedy

: full of or covered with reeds
: having a weak, high-pitched sound
US : long and thin

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