Definition of tweedy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtwēdē/

adjective (tweedier, tweediest)

1(Of a garment) made of tweed cloth: a tweedy suit
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  • This season, a floaty chiffon knee-length skirt paired with a Fair Isle sweater or a tweedy jacket will look extremely hip.
  • She had a black floral scarf wrapped around her head, a tan, tweedy skirt, and a purple sweater made of cheap, static material.
  • Never wear a matching two-piece tweed suit, but break it up by putting on a pair of baggy, mannish trousers or jeans with a pretty, shrunken, tweedy jacket.
1.1 informal (Of a person) habitually wearing tweed clothes: a stout, tweedy woman
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  • He's an unlikely rebel, a tweedy biology professor who's found himself at the center of one of the year's most ferocious debates.
  • A child psychiatrist and the medical director of the CD-CP, he is tweedy and bearlike, with curly brown hair and a salt-and-pepper beard.
  • And there was the same guy sitting out in front of the library, chatting to some other tweedy academic type.
1.2 informal Of a refined, traditional, upscale character: the tweedy world of books
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  • Has it got anything to do with fishing being a rural, quarry sport, too closely associated, often erroneously, with tweedy people who shoot things?
  • No longer will some red-faced tweedy type, shotgun under the arm, be likely to block their path and order them: ‘Get orf my land!’



Pronunciation: /-dilē/
Example sentences
  • The former is a flamboyant actor, the latter a tweedily sedate director.
  • She is the ultimate symbol of resourceful, tweedily eccentric British womanhood, of the old gals who go stamping across the heath in the wild rain, looking for stuffed shirts to poke with their umbrellas.


Example sentences
  • I wanted an ostentatiously tweed jacket that would demonstrate by its utter tweediness that it was better (ie, more expensive) than any other - and maybe suggest by its elegance that I'd ascended out of my class into a better one.
  • No actor has ever taken an on-screen beating better, and no one's ever shifted as effortlessly between tweediness and scruffiness.
  • That's really nice looking, but a little tweediness would have been nice, unless its leather, then forget everything I said.

Words that rhyme with tweedy

beady, greedy, needy, reedy, seedy, speedy, weedy

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Syllabification: tweed·y

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