Definition of misty in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɪsti/

adjective (mistier, mistiest)

1Full of, covered with, or accompanied by mist: the evening was cold and misty the misty air above the frozen river
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  • And we are over her looking at the blue of the ocean and the misty white cloud cover and the white polar caps.
  • The early morning sun rose into the sky, its beauty and gracefulness covered by a misty haze and leftover plumes of gun smoke.
  • My breath could be seen in the misty and rainy air.
hazy, foggy, cloudy, smoggy, steamy, murky, smoky
1.1(Of a person’s eyes) full of tears so as to blur the vision: it was their last night and Ruth turned her misty eyes to Fernando
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  • The blood from this young soldier's forehead intersects the salty tears coming from his misty eyes.
  • Her grey eyes were misty as tears began to gather within them.
  • With a sad smile and misty eyes, she shook the visions from her.
1.2Indistinct or dim in outline: a misty out-of-focus silhouette figurative a few misty memories
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  • We emerge from the woods and climb Fawcet Hill to get our first views of Lindisfarne Island, with the misty outlines of its castle and priory an inspiring sight that hastens us to the coast.
  • Suddenly there was a promising smudge on the horizon, which quickly resolved itself into a misty outline familiar from many a Turner painting.
  • We have this misty, murky indistinct reason for being there.
1.3(Of a colour) not bright; soft: a misty pink
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  • By then, Gavin had changed the backdrop from a misty purple to a soft shade of creamy pink and had readjusted the lighting to a warm glow.
  • The uncle heaved a deep breath and the breath comes out in a light green misty colour.
  • He has already been up for a while, watching the sun as its weak rays break through the last misty hues of the night.



Pronunciation: /ˈmɪstɪli/
Example sentences
  • ‘For the first five or six years there was a real entrepreneurial spirit, but mainly it was a lot of fun,’ he recalls, slightly mistily.
  • On the up side, at least it wasn't raining mistily inside as well.
  • Random events from the 20th century emerge from a mistily revolving world as the century's years stream past.


Pronunciation: /ˈmɪstɪnəs/
Example sentences
  • The colours are no longer saturated, indeed they take on a certain mistiness.
  • There was a strange mistiness, almost like a very low cloud or fog in the distance.
  • It was azure in colour and swirled with slight mistiness.


Old English mistig (see mist).

Words that rhyme with misty

ballistae, Christie, Corpus Christi, twisty, wristy

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