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

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

White mistflower is a lacy, woody perennial with delicate white flowers as early as July until hard frost. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "These two easy-to-grow perennials will attract tons of beneficial insects in your Texas garden," 6 Aug. 2019 Other woody favorites include pine, oak, walnut, and poplar trees. Claire Marie Porter, WIRED, "This Voracious, Unstoppable Bug Is Killing Off Vineyards," 2 Aug. 2019 The woody tops simmer along with the lentils, as do sweet carrots, savory celery, and aromatic onion and leeks. Genevieve Ko, latimes.com, "For a taste of the Mediterranean at home, try this vegan lentil salad recipe," 13 July 2019 There are plenty, not on the traps but on the branches of the woody vegetation. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "‘This is going to be a bad one’: A new pest is causing quarantines in Va. and Pa.," 26 June 2019 First, replace the whiskey with an Añejo for the dark, woody flavor. Instead of simple syrup, use a cherry liqueur to go more traditional, or spicy Ancho Reyes Liqueur to add a little heat to the back. Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, "Celebrate National Tequila Day with twists on classic tastes," 24 July 2019 Even Alba, the heavenly woody scent adrift the hotel's corridors, is the result of months of research into local plants and flowers. Jaimie Potters, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Newly-Opened Art Hotel Is Your Fast Pass to Vacationing Like a Royal," 15 July 2019 But there is a long list of other susceptible woody plant species — hundreds in fact — that are susceptible but are not killed by the pathogen. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Sudden oak death is the latest nemesis of Illinois and Indiana trees. Is Kentucky next?," 12 July 2019 This is difficult because hardy, woody vines are bullies by nature. Washington Post, "Vines are a romantic addition to the garden — until they go rogue," 9 July 2019

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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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More Definitions for woody

woody

adjective

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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