Definition of reedy in English:



  • 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.’
    • ‘He sings in his usual reedy voice, sounding all but lost in the swirl.’
    • ‘French bassoons had a reedy, pungent tone, quite unlike the rounded timbre of German bassoons.’
    • ‘‘Each man kills the thing he loves,’ sings Moreau in reedy, exhausted tones that recapitulate the inevitable downward trajectory of every star's career.’
    • ‘The bore is no wider than that of a clarinet, but the greater length produces an attractive reedy sound.’
    • ‘He's got a high, reedy voice, that paradoxically creates a special strength in its vulnerability.’
    • ‘Her voice was thin and reedy; her throat clicked drily as she tried to swallow.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their cries were like the whispers of the night: reedy sounds which almost served to disguise the location of the maker.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most of it simply buzzes and squeaks, a reedy clarinet against a rhythm section of cash registers and ticker tape.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This guy is speaking in a quick, nervous, reedy sort of voice that makes me think of Woody Allen.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A group of rush cabins nestle among canals that drain the reedy marshes into the open water.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Swollen with meltwater from the mountains, a stream rushed between reedy banks.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 3(of a person) tall and thin.

    ‘a reedy twelve-year-old’
    • ‘He is so thin and reedy you worried for his balance when the wind picked up, but he moves with soft, sumptuous delicacy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Just after she checked in, a thin, reedy man with graying hair to match his gray wool suit approached her.’
    • ‘Didn't we all know that Hepburn, as slender and reedy as she was all her life, was made of solid oak?’
    • ‘He did not at all fit that period's physical stereotype of the dandy as a slight, reedy wisp of a thing.’