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Definition of "reedy" [reed•y]

  • Full of reeds. (adjective)
  • Made of reeds. (adjective)
  • Resembling a reed, especially in being thin or fragile: "reedy businessmen in severe three-piece business suits” ( Jimmy Breslin). (adjective)
  • Music Having a tone like that of a reed instrument. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "reedy" in a sentence
  • "I was winding down what I wanted to say and I looked out over the group and even though they were smiling and nodding and immensely gracious, it struck me just how very reedy is my voice."
  • "He performs badly under pressure and has a thin reedy weak voice which does not exactly inspire confidence."
  • "I flinched, and he gritted his teeth, breathing in short, reedy gasps."