Definition of mousy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmousē/
(also mousey)

adjective (mousier, mousiest)

1Of or like a mouse.
Example sentences
  • Another much-discussed microbiological fault, which can cause a wine to smell mousy, may be caused by yeasts of the Brettanomyces genus, closely related to Dekkera.
  • Begin inventory of masculine eyes: shy, leaky, unblinking, mousy, grateful, menacing, proprietary, polite.
  • First, there are just noises; little, mousy, twitchy noises.
1.1(Of hair) of a dull light brown color.
Example sentences
  • He always made her feel so plain, with her mousy brown hair and dull gray eyes, her light skin that was so frail it sunburned in little under ten minutes in the heat.
  • The second was aged 14 or 15, five foot five inches tall, with short mousy to light brown hair, wearing a blue track suit.
  • The man is described as white, aged 23-25 years-old, 5ft 8ins tall, with a goatee beard and short brown mousy hair.
lightish brown, brownish, brownish-gray, dun-colored;
dull, lackluster
1.2(Of a person) nervous, shy, or timid; lacking in presence or charisma: his mousy sister had become a dynamic journalist
More example sentences
  • One spring break on the beaches of Florida, The Incredible Hulk falls in love with a squat mousy girl with the charisma of a supermarket deli tray.
  • This boy was so mousy and timid; he'd been there five minutes and he was already getting on the brunet's nerves.
  • The mousy man heard him and barked out a nervous-sounding, high-pitched laugh.
timid, quiet, fearful, timorous, shy, self-effacing, diffident, unassertive, unforthcoming, withdrawn, introverted, introvert



Example sentences
  • Samuel Owen's Winston Smith strikes a nice balance between pathetic mousiness and nobility.
  • Brettanomyces yeasts impart an unpleasant mousiness to the finished wine that can make it completely undrinkable.
  • Whoever plays Leo Frank faces the awesome task of having to be winning without obvious charm, manly despite his mousiness, and a star performer in a role that, except for its length, has none of the splashy attributes of a star vehicle.

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Syllabification: mous·y

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