English edit

Alternative forms edit

Etymology edit

leaf +‎ -y

Pronunciation edit

  • enPR: lēfʹē, IPA(key): /ˈliːfi/
    • (file)
  • Rhymes: -iːfi

Adjective edit

leafy (comparative leafier, superlative leafiest)

  1. covered with leaves
    leafy trees
  2. containing much foliage
    a leafy avenue
  3. in the form of leaves (of some material)
  4. resembling a leaf
  5. (of a place) wealthy, middle- or upper-class
    They live in a beautiful house in a leafy suburb.
    • 2008 January 23, Robert Syms, “Housing and Regeneration Bill: Exclusions from Subsidy Arrangements”, in parliamentary debates (House of Commons)‎[1], column 392:
      Those are not necessarily the leafiest areas. From the tenants of Durham, £1,671,546 was used to subsidise people elsewhere. I am not familiar with Durham, it may be a very leafy place in the north-east, but I suspect that there is a need for those funds.
    • 2014 July 21, Kyle Caldwell, “Income tax league table: the towns that pay the most and least tax in Britain”, in Daily Telegraph[2]:
      Income tax payments cost the average British taxpayer £4,985 a year, but those who reside in the leafiest areas of the country pay three times this amount.
    • 2014 October 10, Fraser Nelson, “Clacton by-election: The Tories cannot fight for leafy areas and forget the poor”, in The Guardian[3]:
      The Tories plan to give their all against the other Ukip defector, Mark Reckless, in the more prosperous Rochester & Strood next month. But this plays to the stereotype: Tories fighting for leafy areas, hiding from the poorer ones.

Synonyms edit

Derived terms edit

Translations edit

The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.

Anagrams edit