Definition of tweedy in US English:



  • 1(of a garment) made of tweed cloth.

    ‘a tweedy suit’
    • ‘He has that old-fashioned chivalry that makes him wear a shirt and tie, and his tweedy jacket reminds me of one my dad used to wear.’
    • ‘Never wear a matching two-piece tweed suit, but break it up by putting on a pair of baggy, mannish trousers or jeans with a pretty, shrunken, tweedy jacket.’
    • ‘She had a black floral scarf wrapped around her head, a tan, tweedy skirt, and a purple sweater made of cheap, static material.’
    • ‘It's a lovely smell, tweedy somehow, reminiscent of teacher's jackets and the faint tobacco scent my grandfather used to have about him when he gave you a hug or, if you were too grown up for a hug, a friendly arm across the shoulder.’
    • ‘He is a trim, nice-looking 72-year-old wearing a tweedy jacket and spiffy tasselled loafers.’
    • ‘Do you see that guy over there with the bad haircut in the tweedy jacket?’
    • ‘But she left the apartment in tweedy jackets with big shoulder pads and blue eye shadow.’
    • ‘She was wearing a plain tweedy suit with a simple square pendant of some purple gem.’
    • ‘This season, a floaty chiffon knee-length skirt paired with a Fair Isle sweater or a tweedy jacket will look extremely hip.’
    • ‘Stick on a pair of wellies with a tweedy number and you can muck out stables, walk the dog or dig the garden.’
    • ‘This is basically a voluminous, trapeze-cut jacket in a tweedy fabric, with kimono-shaped sleeves.’
    • ‘Around the sides of the room are tweedy chairs, at the top is a long table.’
    • ‘Designers have taken the bulk, and some of the frumpery, out of sensible tweedy fabrics to give these jackets a nostalgic, vaguely Forties or Fifties air.’
    • ‘All bundled up as if was expecting cold weather, he was wearing a long, tweedy coat, a bunch of scarves twisted around his head so you could hardly see his face.’
    • ‘His rather musty, tweedy jacket made him look oddly like a careers adviser.’
    • ‘Oh yes, the great, the double-barrelled and the weak chinned were all there in their green tweedy finery.’
    • ‘I suppose any tweedy golfing trousers would do.’
    • ‘In the living room, a tweedy wing chair (on deep discount from Ralph Lauren) and an antique chair (discarded from a fitting room) join a plan denim sofa.’
    • ‘Excruciatingly tight corsets, puffball skirts made of netting and tweedy twinsets minus the midriff have been some of the more extreme looks wowing fashion followers at the catwalk collections in Paris.’
    • ‘When Iain turned up to meet me for the first time, he was wearing these odd, tweedy clothes and had long hair, which was very uncool for the era.’
    1. 1.1informal (of a person) habitually wearing tweed clothes.
      ‘a stout, tweedy woman’
      • ‘And there was the same guy sitting out in front of the library, chatting to some other tweedy academic type.’
      • ‘Pass him on the street, and the first impression would be tweedy intellectual.’
      • ‘A child psychiatrist and the medical director of the CD-CP, he is tweedy and bearlike, with curly brown hair and a salt-and-pepper beard.’
      • ‘For some reason I always imagined the author to be some tweedy pipe smoking gentleman - so I was surprised to discover the author's name behind the initials - Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall!’
      • ‘Though he works for a fictional firm, the stature and trappings are old school, and his cohort of young associates all have the scrubbed and tweedy Harvard look about them.’
      • ‘He was the picture of the tweedy, eccentric professor, bookish and reclusive.’
      • ‘He's an unlikely rebel, a tweedy biology professor who's found himself at the center of one of the year's most ferocious debates.’
    2. 1.2informal Of a refined, traditional, upscale character.
      ‘the tweedy world of books’
      • ‘Has it got anything to do with fishing being a rural, quarry sport, too closely associated, often erroneously, with tweedy people who shoot things?’
      • ‘No longer will some red-faced tweedy type, shotgun under the arm, be likely to block their path and order them: ‘Get orf my land!’’
      landowning, landed, upper-class, well born, high-born, noble-born, noble, aristocratic, patrician, titled, blue-blooded, born with a silver spoon in one's mouth
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