Definition of reedy in English:

reedy

adjective

  • 1(of a voice, sound, or instrument) high and thin in tone.

    ‘Frank's reedy voice’
    ‘the reedy oboe’
    • ‘Her voice is annoyingly reedy, with a fast vibrato and intonation slightly under pitch.’
    • ‘Jorma Silvasti, the tenor, has a bright, slightly reedy tone, rather than the big heroic voice required for the fanfare opening of the symphonic version.’
    • ‘Countless sounds are utilised, from a harp to a child's toy, while Adem's understated voice is reedy and affecting, belying the fact that he was merely the bass player in Fridge.’
    • ‘He sings in his usual reedy voice, sounding all but lost in the swirl.’
    • ‘Their cries were like the whispers of the night: reedy sounds which almost served to disguise the location of the maker.’
    • ‘He's got a high, reedy voice, that paradoxically creates a special strength in its vulnerability.’
    • ‘Most of it simply buzzes and squeaks, a reedy clarinet against a rhythm section of cash registers and ticker tape.’
    • ‘This guy is speaking in a quick, nervous, reedy sort of voice that makes me think of Woody Allen.’
    • ‘She has a high-pitched reedy voice that doesn't stretch into the corners of these dark hued songs as much as shimmer above them like an unreliable narrator.’
    • ‘Representing the tour was H. Bartow Farr III, who is 56, looks 10 years younger, speaks carefully without being showy, and with a reedy tone in his voice.’
    • ‘The one stumbling block is perhaps Graham's voice. It remains as reedy and weedy as ever, giving the impression of the love-lorn loser that this critic suspects he rather likes to play up to.’
    • ‘The bore is no wider than that of a clarinet, but the greater length produces an attractive reedy sound.’
    • ‘French bassoons had a reedy, pungent tone, quite unlike the rounded timbre of German bassoons.’
    • ‘Simon O'Neill's voice is almost reedy enough to be authentically French, and he is mostly successful at coping with the score's Wagnerian demands without heaviness.’
    • ‘As Sally, Alyson Hannigan does an unearthly impression of the young Meg Ryan: complete with pert and self-satisfied little smirk and reedy, weedy voice.’
    • ‘Rogers has one of those thin, reedy voices popular on the radio right now; another producer would probably turn her into a sound effect, the way Lil Jon did with Ciara on ‘Goodies’.’
    • ‘Her voice was thin and reedy; her throat clicked drily as she tried to swallow.’
    • ‘‘Each man kills the thing he loves,’ sings Moreau in reedy, exhausted tones that recapitulate the inevitable downward trajectory of every star's career.’
    • ‘Perhaps the signs that this movie is some sort of dream are altogether too conspicuous: all three women look like willowy sisters, with their thin faces and reedy voices.’
    • ‘Charters was always played by Basil Radford, a heavy-set actor with a moustache and a scar, and Caldicott by Naunton Wayne, a small man with a reedy voice and a perpetually worried expression.’
    slim, lean, slender, rangy, willowy, svelte, sylphlike, spare, slight
    weak, faint, feeble, small, soft, low
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  • 2(of water or land) full of or edged with reeds.

    ‘they swam in the reedy lake’
    • ‘Her compassion (a divine quality) leads Pharaoh's daughter to rescue Moses from the reedy water just as Yahweh delivers the Hebrews from the Sea of Reeds.’
    • ‘Little grebes may be expected in the vicinity of Breydon Water all year; up to 20 breeding pairs occupy reedy dykes at Berney and alongside the south wall.’
    • ‘Swollen with meltwater from the mountains, a stream rushed between reedy banks.’
    • ‘A group of rush cabins nestle among canals that drain the reedy marshes into the open water.’
    • ‘The female leopard usually gives birth to between two and three cubs, usually in a cave among rocks, thickets, hollow trees, reedy nests or wherever she can find cover.’
    • ‘Somewhere in the reedy wetlands of easternmost England, Britain's tallest and perhaps rarest resident bird is making itself at home, more than four centuries after being forced into exile.’
    • ‘Or perhaps she is a pale Cleopatra, fleeing armor-clad Roman soldiers, finding her way to a reedy marsh and then captured by her own slim reflection.’
    • ‘The river down which we are gently chugging is clear and fairly shallow, about 200 metres wide, edged with reedy dunes, leading back to pine-forested gentle slopes.’
    • ‘I really like getting ‘as one’ with a river though, so I like to use a pair of waders and stand in the river in the edge and trot down from that position; generally I choose a weedy or reedy margin to shield my presence from the fish.’
  • 3(of a person) tall and thin.

    ‘a reedy twelve-year-old’
    • ‘He did not at all fit that period's physical stereotype of the dandy as a slight, reedy wisp of a thing.’
    • ‘Just after she checked in, a thin, reedy man with graying hair to match his gray wool suit approached her.’
    • ‘For 1000 rupees I could be balanced on a crude seat hung from a pole between two thin, reedy men and jolted to the top.’
    • ‘A tall, reedy blonde girl stood in front of her, chewing on a piece of her peroxide hair.’
    • ‘He is so thin and reedy you worried for his balance when the wind picked up, but he moves with soft, sumptuous delicacy.’
    • ‘Didn't we all know that Hepburn, as slender and reedy as she was all her life, was made of solid oak?’

Pronunciation

reedy

/ˈrēdē/