Definition of reedy in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈriːdi

adjective (reedier, reediest)

  • 1(Of a sound or voice) high and thin in tone: Franco’s reedy voice
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    • He sings in his usual reedy voice, sounding all but lost in the swirl.
    • Perhaps the signs that this movie is some sort of dream are altogether too conspicuous: all three women look like willowy sisters, with their thin faces and reedy voices.
    • Representing the tour was H. Bartow Farr III, who is 56, looks 10 years younger, speaks carefully without being showy, and with a reedy tone in his voice.
  • 2(Of water or land) full of or edged with reeds: low reedy islands
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    • Her compassion (a divine quality) leads Pharaoh's daughter to rescue Moses from the reedy water just as Yahweh delivers the Hebrews from the Sea of Reeds.
    • The river down which we are gently chugging is clear and fairly shallow, about 200 metres wide, edged with reedy dunes, leading back to pine-forested gentle slopes.
    • Little grebes may be expected in the vicinity of Breydon Water all year; up to 20 breeding pairs occupy reedy dykes at Berney and alongside the south wall.
  • 3(Of a person) tall and thin: a reedy twelve-year-old
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    • For 1000 rupees I could be balanced on a crude seat hung from a pole between two thin, reedy men and jolted to the top.
    • Just after she checked in, a thin, reedy man with graying hair to match his gray wool suit approached her.
    • A tall, reedy blonde girl stood in front of her, chewing on a piece of her peroxide hair.



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  • Making it worse is the fact that whenever the band forgets itself and goes into Dire Straits mode, his voice starts edging towards reediness.
  • In spite of all the ‘reediness,’ my ears and brain never tired of listening to this music.
  • ‘Bees in Trees’ is a lovely piece, largely because of the warm reediness in the saxophone sound.

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