wil·​lowy ˈwi-lə-wē How to pronounce willowy (audio)
: abounding with willows
: resembling a willow:
: pliant
: gracefully tall and slender
a willowy actress

Examples of willowy in a Sentence

the rattan's stems are split into willowy staves that are woven together to produce exquisite baskets
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Word History

First Known Use

1766, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of willowy was in 1766

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“Willowy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/willowy. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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wil·​lowy ˈwil-ə-wē How to pronounce willowy (audio)
: having many willows
a willowy valley
: resembling a willow
especially : gracefully tall and slender
a willowy young dancer

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