weedier; weediest
: abounding with or consisting of weeds
: resembling a weed especially in vigorous growth or ready propagation
: noticeably lean and scrawny : lanky
weediness noun

Examples of weedy in a Sentence

weedy vegetation in the abandoned lot
Recent Examples on the Web In the eyes of the BLM, pinyon pine and juniper trees are weedy species that invade sagebrush rangelands and increase the risk of wildfire. Louis Sahagún, Los Angeles Times, 11 Feb. 2024 Completely ignored was the most potent enemy of New England’s historic walls in that epoch and ours: weedy vegetation. Robert Thorson, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Nov. 2023 From there, my partner and I walked to the weedy banks of the Zimbabwean canyon. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, 24 Oct. 2023 Myth #3: Native plants look weedy Tell that to a flowering dogwood, a nice, big clump of snow trillium (Trillium nivale), or a patch of lady slipper orchid (Cypripedium acaule). Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 18 Aug. 2023 Spring creeks tend to be weedy with flowing green plants like elodea and watercress. Morgan Lyle, Field & Stream, 13 July 2023 Is there a weedy section of lawn that could be replaced with a perennial garden? Monica Cardoza, Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2023 But the wild, weedy overgrowth of the Peak TV era is yielding fruit, too. Lili Loofbourow, Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2023 Birch also drew a lot of attention from the public in March when an unusually large number of weedy seadragons — about 70 — were hatched at the aquarium. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Weedy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weedy. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


: full or consisting of weeds
a weedy field
: like a weed especially in having strong rapid growth
: very skinny

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