\ˈwē-dē \
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

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Other Words from weedy

weediness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for weedy


lush, luxuriant, prosperous, rampant, rank



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Examples of weedy in a Sentence

weedy vegetation in the abandoned lot

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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 Penalties for infractions are so weedy that some firms see them as a running cost (a business that is caught underpaying a worker £1,000 may end up paying as little as £2,000 to make things right). The Economist, "British employers find it surprisingly easy to flout labour law," 13 June 2018 Five stained cloth draperies are slung from rods attached to the ceiling of the gallery, and seven or so frames present faint photographic images of weedy fields. Charles Desmarais, SFChronicle.com, "Charles Desmarais’ art pick for July 15: Susanne Kriemann’s ‘Canopy, canopy’," 7 July 2018 Just stroll around Sweet Auburn. Boarded-up and vacant buildings, as well as weedy lots, are routine in the neighborhood that was once the proud hub of early Atlanta’s black middle class. Bill Torpy, ajc, "Torpy at Large: Bitter sting as Atlanta officials sour on Sweet Auburn," 2 July 2018 July is a good time to fill in bare or now weedy spots left by cold, drought or pests. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "July in the garden," 30 June 2018 That represents a shift from some previous eras, in which protest music often took a harder, more rough-edged form — think of the weedy-voiced folkies of the 1960s or the shouty hardcore bands of the 1980s. Mikael Wood, latimes.com, "In today's divisive political climate pop artists are shaping the new sound of protest music," 29 June 2018 These future volunteers are highly variable in color and habit, with some of them quite weedy-looking. Maureen Gilmer, sacbee, "For gorgeous blooms in the summer heat, you can’t beat lantanas," 22 June 2018 The route then winds down toward Mexican Hay Lake, which is rarely more than a weedy bog. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Arizona hike: Wildlife abounds on the South Fork Trail," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of weedy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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weed species

weed tree



wee folk

Wee Frees


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English Language Learners Definition of weedy

: full of weeds

: looking thin and weak


\ˈwē-dē \
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

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