Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having holes or full of holes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective having pores or holes.

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  • adjective having, or being full of, holes

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

  • adjective allowing passage in and out

Etymologies

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From hole +‎ -y

Examples

  • This little boy, Arnaud, came swimming at the same time as us, clad in holey tighty-whiteys and clutching and empty plastic jug as a flotation device.

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • This little boy, Arnaud, came swimming at the same time as us, clad in holey tighty-whiteys and clutching and empty plastic jug as a flotation device.

    Haitian hiking

  • After the adults decided to bring a gas-run blender and a raucous game called holey-board we were kindly asked to either quiet down or not return.

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  • I've seen both traditional "holey" Swiss cheese in American grocery stores, as well as Gruyere.

    rigolo - French Word-A-Day

  • I've seen both traditional "holey" Swiss cheese in American grocery stores, as well as Gruyere.

    rigolo - French Word-A-Day

  • The logic of this being, a less fermented batter works better to give fluffy, tasty idlis and a more fermented batter could yield crispy, 'holey' dosais.

    Archive 2007-04-01

  • The logic of this being, a less fermented batter works better to give fluffy, tasty idlis and a more fermented batter could yield crispy, 'holey' dosais.

    Onion Rava Dosai with Spicy Tomato Chutney

  • The only problem was that this yarn was a bit thin for guage and hence the bunny was a bit "holey" which I remided by darning the holiest bits.

    Archive 2006-03-19

  • The only problem was that this yarn was a bit thin for guage and hence the bunny was a bit "holey" which I remided by darning the holiest bits.

    Laurie's Bunny

  • We were surprised to find it without a floor, roof half off and "holey" all over.

    Diary of a Tar Heel Confederate soldier,

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