\ 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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Other Words from reedy

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

Examples of reedy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 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, 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,, 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,, 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of reedy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Reedy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of reedy

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

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