\ 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


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

Definition of woody (Entry 2 of 2)

: a wood-paneled station wagon

Other Words from woody


woodiness noun

Examples of woody in a Sentence

Adjective a woody piece of land
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective That includes lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, strawberries and non-woody herbs such as basil, oregano, mint, and thyme. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 30 June 2022 Okay, so the next one is oud, which is a very woody kind of scent. Kira Bindrim, Quartz, 23 May 2022 The Liquorice soaps offer a sweet and woody aroma drawn from licorice plant roots. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 23 Sep. 2021 Pruning keeps the plant from splitting open and becoming too woody. oregonlive, 8 Aug. 2021 Vegetables take work to prepare, vary in quality and can be bitter or woody. New York Times, 20 July 2021 Stick with annual, non-woody types, and remove them at the end of the growing season. Kelly Roberson, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 June 2021 Here's what legal experts say Periodical cicadas can also damage trees and woody ornamental bushes. Ayana Archie, The Courier-Journal, 19 May 2021 Herbaceous perennials are non-woody plants that live for several years in the garden. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, 20 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The warm, masculine scent features sparkling tones of ginger and bergamot atop woody vetiver accords. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 June 2022 Other species have woody stems and grow to about three or four feet tall and wide. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 7 July 2022 Every product in this trio incorporates naturally healing ingredients such as copaíba oil – which also has a wonderfully woody-sweet fragrance – to ensure a comfortable, nick-free shave. Katie Chang, Forbes, 7 June 2022 Snap the woody stem off each stalk of asparagus, and reserve. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 6 June 2022 Ralph Lauren Polo Red is a woody spicy fragrance made for guys who aren’t afraid to show some character. The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 May 2022 Hailing from the mid-’80s, when men’s fragrances were as big as yuppy bar bills, this woody, aromatic cologne perfectly captures the confidence and bombast of the Beverly Hills lifestyle circa 1984. Lee Kynaston, Robb Report, 6 June 2021 Horsetail is a real pain to control except around woody plants where there is an option. oregonlive, 25 June 2022 Pink pepper, ambrette seeds, ambrox (a velvety ingredient that contains salty, musky and clean woody notes in it) and iris all come together to complete this blend. Kristin Corpuz, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of woody


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1961, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for woody


alteration of wood entry 2

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“Woody.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woody. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for woody


\ 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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