\ 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

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Other Words from woody


woodiness noun

Examples of woody in a Sentence

Adjective a woody piece of land
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Herbaceous perennials are non-woody plants that live for several years in the garden. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Forget the calculator — pull out a shovel and do some dividing in the garden," 20 Jan. 2021 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 For crappie, Bear Creek and Yellow Creek continue to be the top producers, with most fish on woody cover, caught on live minnows or jigs in the 1/16 ounce range. Frank Sargeant, al, "Alabama Friday fishing report," 25 Feb. 2021 Almost all trees and other woody plants have been planted too deeply by the growers, aren’t uncovered by the nurseries, get planted too low by landscapers and homeowners, and then have too much mulch added on top. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Expose root flares to keep your trees healthy," 25 Jan. 2021 Dead leaves on woody tropical plants, such as hibiscus, angel trumpet, croton, ixora, schefflera, copper plant and rubber tree, can be picked off to make things look neater. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Dan Gill's mailbox: Go easy on the pruning for tropicals showing freeze damage," 22 Dec. 2020 Facing a potential bill for tens of thousands of dollars, the couple are wondering who is going to pay for the cleanup after PG&E left the piles of timber and woody debris that are themselves fire hazards. Julie Cart, SFChronicle.com, "Whack and stack: PG&E’s toppling of trees creates new hazards," 26 Dec. 2020 According to the National Institute of Forest Science, which measured the abundance and density of all woody plants on Hallasan, Abies koreana supports its surrounding community more than any other tree. Environment, "Climate troubles loom for South Korea’s ‘Christmas Tree Island’," 24 Dec. 2020 Deanna Curtis, curator of woody plants at the New York Botanical Garden, recommends another variety, Atrovirens, which is more contained, with a neater branch architecture. Washington Post, "Winter wonders: Conifers revive the sleeping garden. But remember, less is more.," 2 Dec. 2020 Grasses and leaves of golden rod, chickweed, smartweed, leaves and shoots from woody plants like blackberry, raspberry, and multiflora rose. Tom Keer, Field & Stream, "Where to Take a Rabbit Super Slam," 20 Nov. 2020 This one has a woody and floral scent that is perfect to have during the winter season. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "30 great gifts under $5 that won't end up in the trash," 11 Dec. 2020

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

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5 Feb 2021

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“Woody.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woody. Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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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


\ 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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