from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Full of reeds.
- adj. Made of reeds.
- adj. Resembling a reed, especially in being thin or fragile: "reedy businessmen in severe three-piece business suits” ( Jimmy Breslin).
- adj. Music Having a tone like that of a reed instrument.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Full of, or edged with, reeds.
- adj. high and thin in tone.
- adj. tall and thin.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Abounding with reeds; covered with reeds.
- adj. Having the quality of a reed in tone, that is, harsh and thin, as some voices.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Abounding with reeds.
- Consisting of or resembling a reed.
- Noting a tone like that produced from a reed-instrument. Such tones are usually somewhat nasal, and are often thin and cutting.
- Noting a quality of iron in which bars or plates of it have the nature of masses of rods imperfectly welded together.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. resembling a reed in being upright and slender
- adj. having a tone of a reed instrument
I was winding down what I wanted to say and I looked out over the group and even though they were smiling and nodding and immensely gracious, it struck me just how very reedy is my voice.
He performs badly under pressure and has a thin reedy weak voice which does not exactly inspire confidence.
I flinched, and he gritted his teeth, breathing in short, reedy gasps.
They roost at night in reedy or marshy areas near Lake Chapala or irrigation ditches.
Cohen sang in a tenor you could call "reedy" if you wanted to be nice, "nasal" if you didn't.
In the succeeding years, a different character was substituted for "reedy," and the Yoshiwara became known as the happy field.
Buoys are moored with specially tested cables; the eye at the base of the buoy is of wrought iron to prevent it becoming "reedy" and the cable is secured to blocks (see ANCHOR) or mushroom anchors according to the nature of the ground.
This point may be distinguished by the growth of a coarse kind of reedy grass, which does not make its appearance on the southern portion of the swamp or lake.
Oboes, for example, don't do vibrato, which - and this has just dawned on me - may be why we say that long notes with no vib on them sound thin and "reedy".
When I arrive at night at one of their pigsties, which they call posadas, and ask for bread to eat in the name of God, and straw to lie down in, they curse me, and say there is neither bread nor straw in Galicia; and sure enough, since I have been here I have seen neither, only something that they call broa, and a kind of reedy rubbish with which they litter the horses: all my bones are sore since I entered Galicia.