from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Broad in the beam, as a ship.
  • adj. Emitting beams, as of light; radiant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Resembling a beam in size and weight; massy.
  • adj. Having horns or antlers.
  • adj. Having much beam or breadth; wide.
  • adj. Showing or emitting rays of light; beaming; radiant; shining.
  • adj. Radiant; beamsome; joyous; gladsome.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Emitting beams of light; radiant; shining.
  • adj. Resembling a beam in size and weight; massy.
  • adj. Having horns, or antlers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Resembling a beam in size and weight; massy: as, “his … beamy spear,”
  • Having horns or antlers: as, “beamy stags,”
  • Nautical, having much beam or breadth; broad in the beam: said of a ship whose beam is more than one tenth of its length.
  • Emitting rays of light; radiant; shining.
  • Figuratively, radiant; joyous; gladsome.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. broad in the beam
  • adj. radiating or as if radiating light


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English beami, bemi, equivalent to beam +‎ -y.


  • She was somewhat shallow of hull and flat in the floor, to give her a light draught of water, but to compensate for this she was extraordinarily "beamy," which had the twofold effect of imparting great stiffness under canvas, and affording fine roomy decks.

    A Middy of the King A Romance of the Old British Navy

  • At a certain point in woman's life, she has to decide whether to play the Angel in the House (beamy mother of his children, more often than not dressed in black) or the tart (boob jobs, botox and too much slap).

    Frederic Whyte: The Long-Overdue Demise of Silvio Berlusconi

  • By saving money, by earning more, and by each of us foregoing a bicycle on his birthday, we had collected the purchase price of the Mist, a beamy twenty-eight-footer, sloop-rigged, with baby topsail and centerboard.

    To Repel Boarders

  • He made to leave the bar, beamy smile on his chumpish face, and was puzzled when, repeatedly, he could not open the door more than a few inches.

    Parliament's Drinking Problem

  • Odd though she is still doing all sorts of things so I wonder why she does it, she is a strong performer actually and gave me a big beamy smile when we left.

    Local News

  • The 18-year-old actor's face is instantly recognisable - yes, it has changed somewhat since he made his name with critically acclaimed performances in Finding Neverland, The Spiderwick Chronicles and, most notably, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but the twinkly sea-blue eyes and beamy, toothy smile are the same.

    Nigel Slater on the film of his life

  • They hardly look like yachts any more, to my eye - so much hi-tech stuff and those very odd ultra-beamy shapes.

    [outrigger canoe] best all round performer

  • It's great singing to a baby as the big beamy smile on her face as she recognises a song is like having an audience of 5000 applaud you!

    tequilamonky Diary Entry

  • With thunder and fire: leading his starry hosts thro 'the waste wilderness, he promulgates his ten commands, glancing: his beamy eyelids over the deep in dark dismay,

    The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

  • Twelve years ago, when Heaven knows I little thought I should ever be bound upon the voyage which now lies before me, I wrote in that form of my writings which obtains by far the most extensive circulation, these words of the American nation: — “I know full well, whatever little motes my beamy eyes may have descried in theirs, that they are a kind, large-hearted, generous, and great people.”

    Speeches: Literary and Social


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