\ˈwu̇-dē \
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 \
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


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

Today, there are many different variations of the recipe, but most include whiskey or bourbon, a sweetener, woody spices, hot water, and a slice of lemon. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "How to Make a Hot Toddy," 6 Sep. 2018 The first candle, Witches' Brew, has a top note of cinnamon, a mid note of jasmine, and base notes of patchouli and woody vanilla for a scent that's sweet, yet a little otherworldly. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Yankee Candle Is Releasing Two New Scary-Good Halloween Candles This Week," 21 Aug. 2018 There’s just something about woody, musky scents that feels more human than something that’s really really clean or fresh. Cristina Mueller, Glamour, "My $800 Nail Routine Helps Keep Me Sane," 17 Oct. 2018 Only one of the scents had musk, but all three were considered very woody. Jennifer Goldstein, Marie Claire, "Customization Is Coming to the Fragrance World," 8 Oct. 2018 Guaiacol, which can impart a woody, smoky flavor to wine, is found in the oak of barrels and also in pine oil. Hannah Goldfield, WSJ, "An Exclusive First Taste of Lab-Made Whiskey," 1 Oct. 2018 Prerogative is described as oriental and woody, with notes of pink pepper, red goji berries, and apricot nectar upon first spritz. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Britney Spears Is Launching a A Unisex Fragrance Called Prerogative," 17 July 2018 Just be sure to pick a bunch with vibrant green or purple-tinged tips (and cut off any woody stems) to ensure a tender forfkul. 5. Fox News, "9 Easter side dishes perfect for Sunday brunch," 14 Apr. 2017 Daffodils and other flowers are blooming now, too, making the 35-acre garden and its 2,500 different kinds of trees, shrubs and vines from around the globe — the state’s largest collection of woody plants — a delightful place to visit in the spring. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW-Madison Arboretum draws hikers, birders and researchers," 11 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of woody

: having stems and branches that are made of wood : made of wood

: similar to wood

: having many trees


\ˈwu̇-dē \
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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