Other forms: beadily; beadier

Something that's beady is small and shiny, resembling a round bead. Your dog might stare at you with beady eyes whenever you eat peanut butter.

Beady is almost always used to describe someone's eyes, especially if they're small, dark, and gleaming with some particular intent. A greedy person might appear to have beady eyes, and so might an intent listener in a college class. The word can also mean "decorated with beads," but this is much less common. At the heart of beady is bead, from bede, "prayer bead," by way of the Old English gebed, or "prayer."

Definitions of beady
  1. adjective
    small and round and shiny like a shiny bead or button
    “bright beady eyes”
    synonyms: beadlike, buttonlike, buttony
    emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts
  2. adjective
    covered with beads or jewels or sequins
    synonyms: gemmed, jeweled, jewelled, sequined, spangled, spangly
    adorned, decorated
    provided with something intended to increase its beauty or distinction
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