Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Wreathed; twisted; curled; spiral.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Wreathed; twisted; curled; spiral; also, full of wreaths.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Twisted; curled; spiral.
  • Surrounded or decked with a wreath or with something resembling a wreath.

Etymologies

wreath +‎ -y (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • She nodded and gave him her fingers and the most fetching and wreathy of smiles, and he, eager to the point of folly, added: “Oh, so do I.”

    An American Tragedy

  • Art and literature, and wisdom and wit, adorning with a wreathy and garlandy splendour all that is noblest in mind and purest in heart!

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 14, No. 399, Supplementary Number

  • And howl about the hills, and shake the wreathy spear.

    The Aeneid English

  • Namely using hickory smoke not delivered from furnace pipes but welling up, up, in beautiful wreathy spirals, to reach row on row of hams and flitches -- and to be told, by a kind person who did not know she already knew, that their curing was patterned on the old English model -- curing in the smoke of great-throated stone hall chimneys.

    Dishes & Beverages of the Old South

  • And howl about the hills, and shake the wreathy spear

    The Fourth Book of the Aeneis

  • But, happily, as we and the day advanced, more wreathy lines of smoke indicated the approach of others of the fleet; and oh, good fortune! by 11 a.m. we had weathered the cape and were hove to off Hatteras Bar, waiting for the little black tug-boat that was steaming out to pilot us in.

    The Civil War in America

  • There sped the Susquehanna, lightly draped in a mantle of mist, which was gradually disappearing in wreathy, rose-tinted columns, as the sun shone out from above the hills.

    A Run by Rail from Washington to St. Louis

  • Beneath him seethed and boiled the tumultuous billows, their wreathy tops torn from them, and shot, in long vanishing sheets of spray, over the distracted wilderness.

    Adela Cathcart, Volume 3

  • Look at those hollyhocks, like pyramids of roses; those garlands of the convolvulus major of all colours, hanging around that tall pole, like the wreathy hop-bine; those magnificent dusky cloves, breathing of the Spice Islands; those flaunting double dahlias; those splendid scarlet geraniums, and those fierce and warlike flowers the tiger-lilies.

    Our Village

  • There being no wind at all, at this juncture, the little there had been having been entirely killed by the concussions of the guns, the sea was getting to be fast covered with smoke; the felucca, in particular, showing more than common of the wreathy canopy over her decks and about her spars; for in truth powder was burnt in considerable quantities in different parts of the vessel with this express object.

    The Wing-and-Wing Le Feu-Follet

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