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

Moore went with a deep, woody, chocolate hue with honey highlights. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Mandy Moore's New Haircut Will 100-Percent Make You Want a Wavy Bob," 7 Mar. 2019 The Pacific Northwest is still rather wild and woody, and hopefully will be for some time to come. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Wild Thing, one of 2018’s most delightful new podcasts, dares to take Bigfoot seriously," 12 Dec. 2018 Herbs are the leaves, stems, and flowers of those plants found in temperate climates, and are generally soft (like basil) or slightly woody (like rosemary). Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "How Herbs and Spices Can Make You Cook Like a Pro," 13 Nov. 2018 The boquila, a woody vine native to South America, avoids predators by mimicking the shape, size and color of its neighbors’ leaves. Gerard Helferich, WSJ, "‘The Revolutionary Genius of Plants’ Review: Thinking Like a Flower," 4 Jan. 2019 As for the fragrance itself, Calvin Klein Women is a woody floral built around three principal ingredients: eucalyptus acorns, orange flower petals, and Alaskan cedarwood. Marci Robin, Allure, "Lupita Nyong'o and Saoirse Ronan Are the Faces of Calvin Klein's New Fragrance, Women," 16 July 2018 It's described as a woody floral with notes of eucalyptus, orange, and cedarwood. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lupita Nyong'o and Saoirse Ronan Star in Calvin Klein's New Perfume Ad," 16 July 2018 This refined Dior candle perfectly mixes amber, musky and woody fragrances. David Thielebeule, WSJ, "Style Director David Thielebeule’s Gift Guide: The Great Indoors," 11 Dec. 2018 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

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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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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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