reedier; reediest
: abounding in or covered with reeds
: made of or resembling reeds
especially : slender, frail
: having the tone quality of a reed instrument
reediness noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Even though detractors said her voice was too reedy, Mangeshkar broke through first in Marathi films and later in Hindi cinema, which was headquartered in what was then called Bombay. Shalini Dore, Variety, 5 Feb. 2022 Situated in a depression surrounded by desert vistas and seep willows, the shallow, reedy waterhole is a haven for desert creatures. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 24 Dec. 2021 He is often offered up as an example of an actor who couldn’t make the transition to sound—his voice was said to have been too reedy or something. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 6 Dec. 2021 There was precocious, reedy, teen Kobe desperate to make his mark. Globe Staff,, 27 Jan. 2020 But his singing had rich, reedy coloring and youthful ardor, and his soaring phrases with big high notes carried well. New York Times, 4 Oct. 2019 The Children’s Chorus of Washington offered reedy innocence juxtaposed with the worldlier sound of soprano soloist Amy Owens. Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2019 The combination of Freddy Cole’s reedy voice and Lionel Cole’s chesty baritone made for a most appealing euphony, accompanied by Freddy Cole’s silvery pianism, Randy Napoleon’s buoyant guitar work and a chugging backbeat from the rest of the band. Howard Reich,, 30 Aug. 2019 Vita & Virginia, debuting in theaters tomorrow, tells the story of the affair between the reedy British novelist Virginia Woolf (Elizabeth Debicki) and Lady Vita Sackville-West (Gemma Arterton), an eccentric and willful aristocrat. Vogue, 22 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of reedy was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Reedy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


reedier; reediest
: full of or covered with reeds
a reedy marsh
: made of or resembling reeds
especially : long and slender like a reed
reedy arms

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