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 Moose and beavers, for example, rely on woody shrubs for food—and in the beaver’s case, building material. Matt Simon, Wired, "Why the Arctic Is Warming So Fast, and Why That’s So Alarming," 23 June 2020 When the corn pile goes away the deer goes back on woody browse again and the slow starvation continues. Craig Dougherty, Outdoor Life, "Are You Feeding Your Deer To Death?," 6 Feb. 2013 For instance, woody herbs like thyme, rosemary and sage are much more draught tolerant than basil, chives and parsley, which like plenty of water. cleveland, "Fresh, flavorful herbs are always at the ready in a kitchen garden," 1 June 2020 The pear slug feeds on pear, cherry, plum, and several other woody plants. oregonlive, "Ask an expert: Neighbor’s spraying could affect growth, yield of raspberries," 10 May 2020 These hardy woody-stemmed plants and bulbs can be grown near your kitchen door in most climates to give your food some fresh flavors during the coldest weather. Popular Science, "How to start your own survival garden," 8 Apr. 2020 These hardy woody-stemmed plants and bulbs can be grown near your kitchen door in most climates to give your food some fresh flavors during the coldest weather. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "How To Start Your Own Survival Garden," 31 Mar. 2020 Prune Early spring is time for pruning trees and shrubs—check our guides for pruning everything from fruit trees to woody vines. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Clear Decks, Fresh Mulch, Can’t Lose: Our Garden Spring Cleaning Guide," 10 Mar. 2020 Look for flooded woody shallows and fish them with bladed jigs or soft plastics to connect with largemouths. Frank Sargeant, al, "Friday Fishing Report: Get ready for Bassmaster Classic and related expo in Birmingham," 6 Mar. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woody. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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