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

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

Mitchell proposed that the skull would need to be fortified against the outcome of chewing tough, woody food with a strong bite force. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Ancient kangaroo had a koala-like face and jaws of steel," 11 Sep. 2019 Pencil-thin asparagus overcooks, and thicker, woody stalks require peeling. BostonGlobe.com, "SOBA WITH MISO BUTTER AND ASPARAGUS," 11 Sep. 2019 Horticulturalist Dirr, one of the leading experts on trees and shrubs for landscapes and gardens, has introduced more than 200 woody plants to cultivation and holds 29 patents with the University of Georgia Research Foundation. Sally Peterson, oregonlive, "Garden book review: ’The Tree Book: Superior Selections for Landscapes’," 9 Sep. 2019 Scientists fear parts of the Amazon could pass a critical threshold and transform from a lush rainforest into a dry, woody grassland. Los Angeles Times, "The Amazon rainforest is on fire. Climate scientists fear a tipping point is near," 26 Aug. 2019 Vaccinating for Lyme, therefore, would be a choice — an option for worried parents who want their children to be able to play safely outside, and protection for anyone who spends time in woody or grassy areas in endemic areas. Allen Steere, BostonGlobe.com, "Lyme disease: How we discovered it and where we go from here," 22 Aug. 2019 Spots and largemouths are still active along the grass edges, riprap and woody cover on the deeper flats—crankbaits, worms and jigs get them; www.markcollinsguideservice.com. Frank Sargeant, al.com, "Friday Fishing Report: Cooler temperatures help anglers," 7 June 2019 White mistflower is a lacy, woody perennial with delicate white flowers as early as July until hard frost. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "These two easy-to-grow perennials will attract tons of beneficial insects in your Texas garden," 6 Aug. 2019 Other woody favorites include pine, oak, walnut, and poplar trees. Claire Marie Porter, WIRED, "This Voracious, Unstoppable Bug Is Killing Off Vineyards," 2 Aug. 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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woody

adjective

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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