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woodier; woodiest
: abounding or overgrown with woods
: of or containing wood or wood fibers : ligneous
woody tissues
: having woody parts : rich in xylem and associated structures
woody plants
: characteristic of or suggestive of wood
wine with a woody flavor
woodiness noun


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variants or woodie
plural woodies
: a wood-paneled station wagon

Examples of woody in a Sentence

Adjective a woody piece of land
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Grasses follow a distinct form of photosynthesis known as the C4 pathway, while woody vegetation, like trees and bushes, follow another, the C3 pathway. Ryan McRae, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Dec. 2023 Question 8 of 10 English ale is described as earthy, full-bodied, woody, floral, fruity, robust, malty. Leslie Shapiro, Washington Post, 19 Sep. 2023 There was a concentrating effect in a barrel over time, thus the Singapore whiskey will be perceived as woodier and more flavorful. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 6 Sep. 2023 Root loosening is especially critical for shrubs and trees, whose major roots can eventually become woody and inflexible with age, retaining elbowed bends and circling habits that can hamper growth or cause dieback years down the line. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 19 June 2023 The guayule plant is a short, woody shrub that grows easily in the deserts of the American Southwest and requires much less water than crops like alfalfa or cotton that are also grown there. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 13 Apr. 2023 This version, with the addition of Guaiac Wood, is smokier and woodier—and lasts way longer. Garrett Munce, Men's Health, 28 Feb. 2023 Extreme wildfires, like the Camp Fire that burned more than 153,000 acres and killed more than 80 people in 2018 or the Dixie Fire that’s now been burning for months and still isn’t fully contained, usually ignite and grow in dense forests that are too woody to graze sheep and goats. Vogue, 29 Sep. 2021 The base features ambroxan, cedar and sweet-woody labdanum. Dallas News, 30 Nov. 2022
Each has provided paintings, photographs, sculptures, and even installations for spaces that glow with a woody, analog warmth, inspired by the muted palette of a 1920s West Berlin apartment. Rick Jordan, Condé Nast Traveler, 26 Feb. 2024 Bamboo is the fastest-growing woody plant in the world. Deb Wiley, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 Feb. 2024 Don’t cut its woody branches; only trim the spent green stems, which will encourage more pretty blooms. Karen Hugg, Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2024 Forcing cut woody stems into bloom this time of year is not just about a little color in the dining room. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 9 Feb. 2024 Vulnerable woody plants, however, could suffer damage to the branches exposed to the temperatures, even though the roots are protected. Chris McKeown, The Enquirer, 20 Jan. 2024 Its spicy, woody fragrance profile includes an eclectic mix of juniper berries, saffron, and violet. Anamaria Glavan, Allure, 26 Nov. 2023 Off with the woody green top, along with all the dry, fibrous outer leaves! Joe Yonan, Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2024 While the water is heating up, use that prep time to rinse the green beans in a colander, then use a sharp knife to trim their woody stem ends. Carly Westerfield, Bon Appétit, 30 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History



alteration of wood entry 2

First Known Use


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1961, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Woody.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woody. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


woodier; woodiest
: having or covered with trees
a woody piece of land
: of or containing wood or wood fibers
woody plant tissue
: characteristic of or similar to wood
a woody texture

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