woody

adjective
\ ˈwu̇-dē How to pronounce woody (audio) \
woodier; woodiest

Definition of woody

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : abounding or overgrown with woods
2a : of or containing wood or wood fibers : ligneous woody tissues
b : having woody parts : rich in xylem and associated structures woody plants
3 : characteristic of or suggestive of wood wine with a woody flavor

woody

noun
\ ˈwu̇-dē How to pronounce woody (audio) \
variants: or woodie
plural woodies

Definition of woody (Entry 2 of 2)

: a wood-paneled station wagon

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Other Words from woody

Adjective

woodiness noun

Examples of woody in a Sentence

Adjective a woody piece of land
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The clean mint, lemon, and verbena scents of the Banho Citron Verbena, wrapped in packaging inspired by Portugal’s azulejo tiles, and the woodier Cerina Brise Marine soap, which has top notes of bergamot and Mediterranean pine. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hostess Gifts Under $50 So You Don't Show Up to Holiday Dinner Parties Empty-Handed," 4 Nov. 2019 Those will be replaced with something warmer and woodier by mid-September, the museum says. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "With a skeleton and megaplanters, the Field Museum fleshes out its main hall," 26 June 2018 Every evening after work, a convivial assemblage of local businessmen gathers in the dark and woody tavern, a venue that for years has been the financial beneficiary of my frequent and enthusiastic patronage. Bryan Miller, Town & Country, "The Hudson Valley: A River Runs Through It," 8 Sep. 2013 The parrot’s muscular jaw and huge bill — specially hinged to allow top and bottom to move independently, up and down and from side to side — can crack open even the toughest and woodiest shells. Natalie Angier, New York Times, "Parrots Are a Lot More Than ‘Pretty Bird’," 21 Mar. 2016 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The woody, warm notes of pepper, tonka bean, cedarwood, and vanilla will make colder months a bit more cozy. Taylore Glynn, Marie Claire, "Beauty Editors Share Their Signature Winter Fragrances," 3 Dec. 2019 Weiss Lake continues to produce fair crappie action for anglers fishing live minnows on the channel edges around woody cover, reports guide Mark Collins, who specializes in these panfish. Frank Sargeant, al, "Friday Fishing Report: Get ready for fall fishing pattern when, or if, weather cools," 27 Sep. 2019 These prehistoric trees would not have looked like the woody, branched plants that shade our modern landscape, instead growing as simple, straight stalks. Deming Wang, National Geographic, "Bizarre fossils reveal Asia’s oldest known forest," 8 Aug. 2019 For Prime Day, British beauty brand Molton Brown has marked down its woody, invigorating shower gel — which smells more more expensive than the $22.40 sale price. refinery29.com, "The Pro's Guide To The Best Beauty Haul For Amazon Prime Day," 15 July 2019 The fragrance contains top notes of green cardamom and iris along with a clean, woody, spicy and smoky base. Tara Paniogue, latimes.com, "Stylish life hacks for new parents," 11 July 2019 Non-woody, fibrous roots appear in the first few inches of the soil. oregonlive.com, "Tips for success when planting under conifer and maple trees? Ask an expert," 8 June 2019 Just as woody plants outgrow their spaces, grasses and perennials peter out after a few years. Washington Post, "The winter garden is full of promise and productivity. Don’t let it go to waste.," 20 Nov. 2019 This is the avoidance approach rather than the tolerance approach of woody plants. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "A look inside how some plants are able to tolerate the cold Kentucky winters," 15 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of woody

Adjective

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1961, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for woody

Noun

alteration of wood entry 2

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The first known use of woody was in the 12th century

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Last Updated

22 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Woody.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woodier. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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More Definitions for woody

woody

adjective
How to pronounce woody (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of woody

: having stems and branches that are made of wood : made of wood
: similar to wood
informal : having many trees

woody

adjective
\ ˈwu̇-dē How to pronounce woody (audio) \
woodier; woodiest

Kids Definition of woody

1 : having or covered with trees woody land
2 : of or containing wood or wood fibers a woody stem
3 : very much like wood a woody texture

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