Definition of bendy in English:



  • 1British Capable of bending; soft and flexible.

    ‘a bendy toy’
    • ‘She put a couple of bendy clips in her hair to keep it out of her face and then grabbed a beat up skateboard from under her bed.’
    • ‘They may be anti-fog, provide UVR protection and have a bendy flexy lens but they look dire for the money.’
    • ‘Watch out for thin, bendy plastic that you can easily distort, tear or pull apart.’
    • ‘There must have been some news item or television programme about it, as I can visualise someone demonstrating with a glass full of drinking straws [not the bendy ones].’
    • ‘Doctors often use a thin, bendy, fibre optic microscope to see inside your body.’
    • ‘A catheter (thin, bendy tube) is put into the pulmonary artery and a special dye is run through it that shows up under X-ray.’
    • ‘I also bought bendy rollers to curl my hair, hair spray, sweets, sweets and more sweets.’
    • ‘The most amusing thing I bought was a plastic box full of bendy drinking straws.’
    • ‘Curvacious cucumbers are literally getting the chop at a York superstore because of a Eurocratic ruling over how bendy the veg should be.’
    • ‘Not being terribly bendy today I had to resort to stooping and holding the camera at arm's length, pointing hopefully at the little blooms, relying on instinct to achieve an adequate framing.’
    • ‘It's impossible to be too serious when sipping a beverage through a bendy straw.’
    • ‘They are evolving, I saw one with a bendy middle.’
    • ‘They are stored on magnetically coated glass or metal disks called hard disks, so called to distinguish them from bendy, plastic-based floppy disks.’
    • ‘My father - the doctor - once showed us how bendy it was, on a rather unnerving visit to his lab.’
    • ‘Its general manager says the flexible displays are far more advanced than other bendy screens in terms of size, resolution and the complexity of the organic electronics used.’
    • ‘She also requires a tea service for eight, a Honey Bear pack of honey, a box of bendy straws and two air purifiers.’
    • ‘Some disguise the use of straw bale completely, others positively revel in the plastic qualities offered by bendy straw bales covered with lime or earth render.’
    • ‘Running up to the hoop with the basketball springing up and down ahead of her, Preethi took a high jump and got the ball through the bendy hoop.’
    • ‘Even though elves were naturally flexible, and Silveria was bendy even by their standards, this was hard to believe.’
    • ‘We took pictures of the ziraffe (her strange bendy giraffe with zebra stripes capable of manifold contortions).’
    pliable, supple, easily bent, bendable, pliant, malleable, mouldable, stretchable, workable, limber, ductile, tensile, plastic
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  • 2(especially of a road) having many bends.

    ‘bendy country roads’
    • ‘I was very pleased to see the twisty bendy spire at Chesterfield, though.’
    • ‘The ability to tackle the bendy bits more quickly than just about anything else on the road has always been one of the M12's big selling points.’
    • ‘Origami is very easy when you know what to do, but if you take the sculpture apart, it is very twisty and bendy and odd on the inside.’
    • ‘He said lighting could not be installed at Bilbrough Top without having to put them all the way to Tadcaster, because it was such a bendy road, and the solution to the problems was junction improvements, allowing people to get across safely.’
    • ‘He said he understood that Porsche chose Bangor Erris as the location to test road handling for its latest models because it wanted roads which were as bumpy and bendy as possible to put the cars to their limit.’
    • ‘It's mainly a one-track, very very bendy lane and since they opened the motorways we have had a high amount of traffic cutting through.’
    • ‘It's not that far from us, although it takes a little while to get there since all the roads are bendy.’
    • ‘This lane is narrow and bendy and very few people adhere to the 20 mph speed limit.’
    • ‘Our tiny bendy roads were not made for heavy traffic.’
    • ‘There's also an anti-roll bar and a Panhard rod to help it through the bendy bits.’
    • ‘The road is very bendy and so you should plan to stop and relax here and there.’
    • ‘But if you like the striped upholstery, high ceilings, polished dark wood and bendy wrought-iron work of French Imperial styling, you may well prefer it.’
    winding, windy, twisting, turning, full of twists and turns, bending, zigzag, zigzagging, meandering, curving, sinuous, snaking, snaky, tortuous
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