\ 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

Other Words from woody


woodiness noun

Examples of woody in a Sentence

Adjective a woody piece of land
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Chardonnay, for example, is, in and of itself, a fairly neutral-tasting grape that in various locales is used in very different styles, with the induced caramel-rich and woody flavors of American Chardonnays preferred by the U.S. market. John Mariani, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 That includes lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, strawberries and non-woody herbs such as basil, oregano, mint, and thyme. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 30 June 2022 Okay, so the next one is oud, which is a very woody kind of scent. Kira Bindrim, Quartz, 23 May 2022 The Liquorice soaps offer a sweet and woody aroma drawn from licorice plant roots. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 23 Sep. 2021 Pruning keeps the plant from splitting open and becoming too woody. oregonlive, 8 Aug. 2021 Vegetables take work to prepare, vary in quality and can be bitter or woody. New York Times, 20 July 2021 Stick with annual, non-woody types, and remove them at the end of the growing season. Kelly Roberson, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 June 2021 Here's what legal experts say Periodical cicadas can also damage trees and woody ornamental bushes. Ayana Archie, The Courier-Journal, 19 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun First, the brand’s oils became instant cult favorites, and now its debut fragrance, Aroma, which blends earthy and woody notes with tropical florals to emulate the Amazon rainforest at dawn, has attracted equal obsession. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 19 Sep. 2022 The giant bamboos are the fastest-growing woody plant on the planet. CNN, 15 Sep. 2022 The rich and woody scent has notes of cardamom, iris, violet and ambrox. Wilson Chapman, Variety, 12 Sep. 2022 These screened casks provide the liquor’s rich gold color, rich woody spice, and a fruity flavor as the liquid matures with time. Toby Grey, BGR, 4 Sep. 2022 As the carbon dioxide-hungry mass of all woody plant life in an area, biomass slows down global warming. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 26 Aug. 2022 Garner's go-to scent is Byredo's cult-favorite woody and citrusy Gypsy Water perfume. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 10 Aug. 2022 Their debut collection features three gin blends: a Barrel Aged gin with a woody and smoky taste; a Blushing Pink gin, with a glint of sweetness and pink pepper spice. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, 8 Aug. 2022 Hearty herbs — those with woody stems, such as rosemary and thyme — are made to survive in dry weather and are best kept that way. Aaron Hutcherson, Washington Post, 29 July 2022 See More

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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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“Woody.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woody. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for woody


\ 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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