wil·​lowy | \ ˈwi-lə-wē How to pronounce willowy (audio) \

Definition of willowy

1 : abounding with willows
2 : resembling a willow:
a : pliant
b : gracefully tall and slender a willowy actress

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the rattan's stems are split into willowy staves that are woven together to produce exquisite baskets
Recent Examples on the Web The couple moves to Chicago, where Moore—only twenty, high-cheekboned and willowy—becomes a professional model. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "“Miss Aluminum,” Susanna Moore’s Memoir of Trauma and Transformation," 19 May 2020 Earlier this month the willowy 6-foot-9 senior forward was named Gatorade Texas player of the year after averaging 26.1 points, 13.2 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and 2.1 assists for a 33-3 Vandegrift team. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Greg Brown III boosts Texas’ hopes for a hoops turnaround," 24 Apr. 2020 Earlier this month the willowy 6-foot-9 senior forward was named Gatorade Texas player of the year after averaging 26.1 points, 13.2 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and 2.1 assists for a 33-3 Vandegrift team. Nick Moyle, Houston Chronicle, "Coveted basketball recruit Greg Brown III commits to Texas," 24 Apr. 2020 With her pulse-quickening visage, tantalizing purr of a voice, and willowy physique toned by boxing and judo, Ms. Blackman gained a foothold in British films in the late 1940s. Adam Bernstein, BostonGlobe.com, "Honor Blackman, actress who played a Bond woman in ‘Goldfinger,’ dies at 94," 7 Apr. 2020 Role players such as junior big Royce Hamm, redshirt freshman wing Brock Cunningham and willowy freshman Kai Jones injected toughness and tenacity. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Abrupt end to Texas’ season could make AD Chris Del Conte’s coaching decision more vexing," 17 Mar. 2020 Both women are indigenous; but where Aila is willowy and elegantly dressed, Rosie is stocky and awkward, her pregnant body wrapped in mismatched clothing and her hair clotted over the bruises left by her boyfriend’s knuckles. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "‘The Body Remembers’ Review: One Prospers, the Other Doesn’t," 28 Nov. 2019 At brunch, the tenderloin anchored a steak frites plate dressed with a willowy Parmesan crisp, handcut fries and broiled tomato. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Review: Cappy’s keeps its groove as Alamo Heights’ go-to restaurant," 18 July 2019 Kuriya’s gyoza dumplings have the same willowy cornstarch halo as Kimura’s. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Review: Kuriya @ Cherrity Bar delivers Japanese ramen with San Antonio charm," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of willowy

1766, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Willowy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/willowy. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of willowy

: tall, thin, and graceful

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