\ 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 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 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 European hornets strip bark from woody plants (especially lilac) to make their nests and obtain nourishment from the sap. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "Garden Q&A: On hornets that eat bark and replacing sick shade trees," 17 Oct. 2019 Crappie fishing remains fair on channel edges around woody cover at 12 to 16 feet on live minnows fished just off bottom. Frank Sargeant, al, "Friday Fishing Report: How heat wave is affecting the bass bite," 13 Sep. 2019 Deforestation involves clearing trees for land usage to transform an area of the rainforest into a pasture or a field; to do that, fire is required to burn through the extra woody material. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "A Record Number of Fires Are Currently Burning Across the Amazon Rainforest," 21 Aug. 2019 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

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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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22 Nov 2019

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“Woody.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woodiest. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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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