1. of a horse, weak-legged, lacking strength.
|Sporting Mag. XV. 107: The poor, slight, weedy, spindle-shanked stock of brood mares.|
|Westmorland Gaz. 13 Nov. 3/4: There were [...] many light-leggy, weedy things in the [horse] market.|
|Handley Cross 226: He rode a weedy chestnut.|
|Robbery Under Arms (1922) 175: Every kind of harness horse was worth forty, fifty, a hundred pounds apiece [...] some of them weedy and bad enough.|
|Man from Snowy River (1902) 4: And one was there, a stripling on a small and weedy beast, / He was something like a racehorse undersized.‘The Man from Snowy River’ in|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 24 Mar. 24/4: Young Lieut. Roberts [...] gave a great account of a weedy Arab-blooded animal he had bought – or ‘found’ – at a Boer farm.|
2. of humans, weak, cowardly, spineless.
|Mr Sponge’s Sporting Tour 105: Hate a weedy woman — fifteen two and a half — that’s to say, five feet four’s plenty of height for a woman.|
|Wives and Daughters (1905) 82: I’ll bring Grace, who is looking rather pale and weedy.|
|Absent-Minded Mule and Verses 13: We’re under height and weedy, / About our little chestsies.‘The Bold Militiaman’ in|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 13 Mar. 5/1: The weedy gentleman concluded with impressive severity.|
|Arthur’s 250: A couple of blotched-faced, weedy boys.|
|City Of The World 243: Some weedy leader of a gang of hooligans or some young gallows-bird.|
|Mysterious Affair at Styles (1954) 77: My attention was arrested by a weedy-looking young man rushing down the street.|
|Babbitt (1974) 155: The failures of the class, sitting by themselves in a weedy group.|
|Doctor Serocold (1936) 171: They were a weedy, second-rate, effeminate lot, to my mind.|
|George Spelvin Chats 103: Speculating whether she was married and if so whether her husband was a big, dumb, jealous brute or some weedy little squirt.|
|Little Sister 86: The creature with him was a weedy number.|
|Follow my Dust! 49: There were no scowlers in Broken Hill, no weedy youths or jaded men.|
|letter 26 Aug. in Leader (2000) 640: When Hickey finally did his stuff it was a weedy little smear.|
|Puberty Blues 84: Mr Berkoff [...] pointed at some weedy little first former.|
|Day of the Dog 35: They intended to beat up this weedy pale youth and root his fat black boong senseless.|
|Guardian Guide 12–18 June 98: Joined by weedy, sneering rap-metal vet Kid Rock.|
|Grits 74: Phil sits back [...] an folds is twiggy fuckin arms over is weedy fuckin chest.|
3. of things, boring, troublesome, small, insignificant.
|Arrowsmith 15: He rarely left his small brown weedy house.|
|Complete Molesworth (1985) 35: For essays english masters give us weedy things like – A trip in a space ship. [Ibid.] 169: Successful conkers are always shriveled and weedy.|
|Current Sl. I:3 8/1: Weedy, adj. Whimsical or ridiculous.|
4. of speech, indistinct, unemphatic.
|Fixx 84: With a weedy, ‘Some other time, Luigi,’ [he] left the shop.|