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Alternative forms[edit]

  • leavy (consisting of leaves; obsolete in the sense "covered with leaves")


leaf +‎ -y


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


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, 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.


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