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[sil-vuh-ree] /ˈsɪl və ri/
resembling silver; of a lustrous grayish-white color:
the silvery moon.
having a clear, ringing sound like that of silver:
the silvery peal of bells.
containing or covered with silver:
silvery deposits.
Origin of silvery
1590-1600; silver + -y1
Related forms
silveriness, noun Unabridged
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  • After all, those silvery tubes continue to work even today.
  • After a quick breath at the surface, dolphins swim to the bottom of the pool and expel a long, silvery ring of air.
  • Its flowers are tiny, greenish-yellow and globular, and its indented leaves have a silvery-gray sheen.
  • Renderings show a moat and huge, silvery wedges of metal jutting outward from the building's base.
  • At the touch of a button, the robot's silvery jointed arm reared back and then moved steadily toward home plate.
  • On silvery sandbanks hippos and alligators sunned themselves side by side.
  • He stopped at an ironwood tree to admire its silvery fluted trunk, its striking combination of delicacy and strength.
  • White blooms or silvery foliage in white or nearly white containers also bring that frosty ambience into your garden.
  • White cyclamen appear to flutter above silvery dusty-miller foliage and eucalyptus pods.
  • The completed snowflake is finished with silvery dusty miller and eucalyptus pods.
British Dictionary definitions for silvery


of or having the appearance of silver: the silvery moon
containing or covered with silver
having a clear ringing sound
Derived Forms
silveriness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for silvery

late 14c., from silver (n.) + -y (2). Related: Silveriness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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