\ ˈwē-dē How to pronounce weedy (audio) \
weedier; weediest

Definition of weedy

1 : abounding with or consisting of weeds
2 : resembling a weed especially in vigorous growth or ready propagation
3 : noticeably lean and scrawny : lanky

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from weedy

weediness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for weedy


lush, luxuriant, prosperous, rampant, rank



Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of weedy in a Sentence

weedy vegetation in the abandoned lot

Recent Examples on the Web

Pursuit of his research often took him to weedy overgrown cemeteries in search of old tombstones related to his family, said his daughter, Ellen D. Burns of Ellicott City. Frederick N. Rasmussen, baltimoresun.com, "John H. Ditto Jr., real estate lawyer and history buff, dies," 22 July 2019 The 6-acre trout pond has two walkable peninsulas that jut into the lake’s weedy waters. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Fun summer hikes in Arizona: These hidden little lakes attract wildlife, hikers and anglers," 5 July 2019 Turning urban gristle into beauty The dollars have transformed weedy hillsides, crumbling riverbanks, and old debris landfills into surprisingly beautiful landscapes. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Burning River legacy: Towpath Trail spurs rediscovery of Cuyahoga Valley, erasing east-west divide," 9 June 2019 Walleye are being caught in the weedy areas casting a jig-nightcrawler or drifting the weed edges with a spinner harness and crawler. D'arcy Egan, cleveland.com, "If you aren’t catching walleye on Lake Erie, you aren’t trying: June 14 Fishing Report," 14 June 2019 Occasional graffiti or a weedy bush break the monotony of such barren shores. Dustin Renwick, National Geographic, "Five years on, the Flint water crisis is nowhere near over," 25 Apr. 2019 The character's own journey in the movie, which includes a dazzling sequence in which his party is ensnared in hunting traps left in a weedy marsh, eventually takes on a sort of resigned calm. Mark Olsen, latimes.com, "Lucrecia Martel fuses the mystical and the historical with bold adventure in 'Zama'," 20 Apr. 2018 The beautiful garden is torn up and goes bleak and weedy. Constance Grady, Vox, "Crime novelist Tana French is at her creepy, thoughtful best with The Witch Elm," 12 Oct. 2018 The closest wild relative is a weedy flower called Ipomoea trifida that grows around the Caribbean. Carl Zimmer, New York Times, "All by Itself, the Humble Sweet Potato Colonized the World," 12 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'weedy.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of weedy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about weedy

Dictionary Entries near weedy

weed species

weed tree



wee folk

Wee Frees


Statistics for weedy

Last Updated

1 Aug 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for weedy

The first known use of weedy was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for weedy



English Language Learners Definition of weedy

: full of weeds
British, informal : looking thin and weak


\ ˈwē-dē How to pronounce weedy (audio) \
weedier; weediest

Kids Definition of weedy

1 : full of or consisting of weeds a weedy field
2 : like a weed especially in having strong rapid growth a weedy vine
3 : very skinny a weedy horse

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on weedy

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with weedy

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for weedy

Spanish Central: Translation of weedy

Nglish: Translation of weedy for Spanish Speakers

Comments on weedy

What made you want to look up weedy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to shake or wave menacingly

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Summer 2019 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a-bowl-of-peach-sorbet-with-cut-peaches-next-to-it
  • Which is a synonym of desideratum?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!