\ 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

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Other Words from woody


woodiness noun

Examples of woody in a Sentence

Adjective a woody piece of land
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 Herbaceous perennials are non-woody plants that live for several years in the garden. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, 20 Jan. 2021 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, 4 Nov. 2019 Those will be replaced with something warmer and woodier by mid-September, the museum says. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 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, 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, 21 Mar. 2016 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Crappie fishing is mostly at 12 to 14 feet on the channels near woody cover. Frank Sargeant, al, 2 July 2021 The woody scent was created by master perfumer Dominique Ropion, with top notes of lavandin, apple and grapefruit; middle notes of clary sage, geranium and orange blossom; and a base of Virginia cedarwood, vetiver and patchouli. Celia Shatzman, Forbes, 23 June 2021 Oud wood is one of the most precious and expensive ingredients for any perfumer, and this scent by Tom Ford nails the woody scent. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 19 Mar. 2021 Though that might sound a bit abstract, the candles do come in three main scent categories: fresh, floral, and woody. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, 18 Oct. 2020 Apply the Sick Tree Treatment to any ailing trees and other woody plants. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 31 May 2021 Hot and dry conditions as well as large amounts of woody debris fueled the blaze, which burned 377,693 acres and destroyed 853 homes. San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Apr. 2021 Above, an island of gravel, dirt and woody debris filled what at one time had been a small reservoir. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Apr. 2021 The fish are spawning or post spawn in much of the lake--check the edges of the grass fields for open areas with hard bottom or woody cover. Frank Sargeant, al, 7 May 2021

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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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23 Jul 2021

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“Woody.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woody. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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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
informal : having many trees


\ 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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