Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Consisting of or resembling thread; filamentous.
  • adj. Capable of forming or tending to form threads; viscid.
  • adj. Medicine Weak and shallow. Used of a pulse.
  • adj. Lacking fullness of tone; thin: a thready voice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, resembling of capable of forming a thread; filamentous
  • adj. weak

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Like thread or filaments; slender.
  • adj. Containing, or consisting of, thread.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Resembling or consisting of thread in sense 1, 2, or 5.
  • Containing thread; covered with thread.
  • Like thread in length and slenderness; finely stringy; filamentous; fibrillar; finely fibrous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. thin in diameter; resembling a thread
  • adj. forming viscous or glutinous threads

Etymologies

thread + -y (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It can jump up to your finger with each beat of the heart, making it feel taut or wiry, indicating pain, or it can feel as if it’s barely reaching your fingers; this is known as thready, and may show a body weakness.

    The Last Chance Dog

  • I gave him some of the contents to amuse him, and then entering the deserted grinding-shop, walked straight to the door at the end opening into the great wheel-pit, and throwing it back stood upon the little platform built out, and looked down at the black water, which received enough from the full dam to keep it in motion and make the surface seem to be covered with a kind of thready film that was always opening and closing, and spreading all over the place to the very walls.

    Patience Wins War in the Works

  • His breath was weak and thready, and a lump was beginning to swell oddly on the back of his head.

    Rogue Oracle

  • But there are a few signs of a new economic heartbeat, albeit thready and fragile.

    Life Amid The Ruins: Gazans Still Feel Under Siege

  • Baby Mouse dolls with big button eyes, thready whiskers, twisty pink tails, big baby feet.

    BABY MOUSE

  • The only time Mary slept in the same bed as me anymore was when we'd made love and afterward held one another tightly, a quiet wish for the injuries to stop tying knots in whatever last thready bond remained between us.

    Old Scars

  • His hand trembled as he touched the side of her throat, where a thready pulse fluttered.

    Captured by Moonlight

  • Open-thready: So, the 2010 Virginia Festival of the Book runs tomorrow through Sunday....

    Making Light: Open thread 136

  • He simply hung in some shadowed middle ground, suspended between life and death, his breathing rasping and slow, the pulse in his neck light and thready and hectically fast.

    Dark Moon of Avalon

  • His breath came in short, whistling gasps, his lips were faintly tinged with blue, and when Isolde felt for his pulse, it was thready and fast like the frantic beating wings of a bird.

    Dark Moon of Avalon

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