\ˈwu̇-dē \
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 \
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


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

To reference the city where Chanel opened her first boutique in 1913, and the tall grass of the countryside, Polge infused the woody fragrance with notes of basil leaf, rose, jasmine, and citrus. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Chanel’s New Perfumes Are Inspired by Travel," 10 May 2018 But the pit, that woody, pingpong ball-sized orb in the middle, was stubborn. Cindy Dampier, chicagotribune.com, "Blood on the guacamole: Is avocado hand reaching epidemic proportions?," 15 June 2018 Planting or restoring forests, for one: Trees lock up carbon in woody material. Moises Velasquez-manoff, New York Times, "Can Dirt Save the Earth?," 18 Apr. 2018 More than 2 acres of gardens include vast swathes of shade-loving plants like hostas and trilliums and a liberal sprinkling of flowering woody shrubs like lilacs and rhododendrons. Patricia Harris And David Lyon, BostonGlobe.com, "Goin’ up the country: The rustic appeal of Maine’s Route 26," 21 June 2018 Mexican federal police arrested Valdez and four others at a woody vacation home outside Mexico City in August 2010. Kate Brumback, Houston Chronicle, "Extradited from Mexico, cartel leader gets nearly 50 years," 11 June 2018 Mexican federal police arrested Valdez and four others at a woody vacation home outside Mexico City in August 2010. Washington Post, "Extradited from Mexico, cartel leader gets nearly 50 years," 11 June 2018 Most of our woody landscaping shrubs haven’t yet made their big push to new growth. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Spring has sprung, if the plants are any indication. Here, what needs to be done now | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 9 Mar. 2018 Besides the obvious woody roots, many fine root are hidden in the duff of the forest floor. Robert Earle Howells, SFChronicle.com, "Should we hide the locations of Earth’s greatest trees?," 3 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of woody

: having stems and branches that are made of wood : made of wood

: similar to wood

: having many trees


\ˈwu̇-dē \
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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