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

Examples of reedy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In early 2023, one such target was Arundo, or giant reed, a bamboo-like plant that’s native to the Tigris and Euphrates rivers but now grows dense, reedy walls along Arizona streams. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 20 May 2024 Stanton’s arc includes cutting back to the prosecution of the Civil War and his relationship with Lincoln (Hamish Linklater, mostly unrecognizable while nailing the reedy voice), as on-air graphics grimly count down to the president’s fateful trip to Ford’s Theatre. Brian Lowry, CNN, 15 Mar. 2024 Trees climb over each other above thick knots of reedy grass, consuming what used to be levees and culverts. Jake Bittle, WIRED, 6 Jan. 2024 The reedy warble of his voice is a reminder of why he’s been an icon since teenhood. Pitchfork, 13 Dec. 2023 The sound was reedy and sparse, like somebody scraping a penny across a hair comb. Bryan Hendricks, Arkansas Online, 10 Sep. 2023 Indeed, the gift will not raise lake levels: That water was already flowing to it, partly through the reedy shallows of Farmington Bay, a birding and duck-hunting hot spot. Karin Brulliard, Washington Post, 25 June 2023 Looking out the window of the carriage, I was enthralled by the scenes flashing by: a young couple embracing on an otherwise deserted platform, an old man standing by a rusty wagon with a missing wheel, two girls wading into a reedy pond. Marcela Carena, Scientific American, 1 Oct. 2021 The state has bused thousands of migrants to East Coast cities like New York and lined the reedy banks of the Rio Grande with concertina wire. J. David Goodman, New York Times, 9 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Reedy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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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