Definition of beady in English:

beady

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Pronunciation: /ˈbiːdi
 
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adjective (beadier, beadiest)

  • 1(Of a person’s eyes) small, round, and gleaming: she blinks her blue beady eyes
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    • His black, beady eyes glared at her behind wrinkled cheeks and a round nose.
    • The blackbird in question is perched on a painted branch above the stairs, looking down with a beady eye on a mural which commemorates many of the Chip's staff and regulars.
    • Now he rubs his beady eyes in sheer confusion at the wilfulness of his charges (ie, us), who simply refuse to listen to common sense anymore.
  • 1.1Bright and keenly observant: I shall certainly keep a beady eye on this development a beady-eyed observer
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    • Even the emus are entrancing until they fix you with their beady stares.
    • Emilia turned her around and fixed her with a beady stare.
    • Her head hovered over Anna with tight lips and beady stare.

Derivatives

beadily

adverb
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  • We saw two kingfishers: brilliant cyan swoops in midair, or sitting on a branch staring beadily down at the water surface.
  • And then there is the small matter of the washing up mountain, looking at me beadily from the table and kitchen.
  • As she awaits it, Leah Malot steals a sideways looks at her and Sally Barsosio watches her beadily.

beadiness

noun
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  • We must, after all, judge the person by their actions and not the beadiness of their eye.
  • First I was admiring the orange fur - then I was quite astounded by the hard beadiness of the eyes.
  • Somehow, he even manages to capture the mindless beadiness of their expressions - wonderful!

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