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[doo-ee, dyoo-ee] /ˈdu i, ˈdyu i/
adjective, dewier, dewiest.
moist with or as if with dew.
having the quality of dew:
dewy tears.
Origin of dewy
before 1000; Middle English; Old English dēawig; see dew, -y1
Related forms
dewily, adverb
dewiness, noun
undewily, adverb
undewiness, noun
undewy, adjective Unabridged
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  • So at the first toll of the deep-toned bell, I dressed myself, and went out into the dewy freshness of the new day.

    The Doctor's Dilemma Hesba Stretton
  • Linda's eyes opened wide and dewy with surprise and pleasure.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • It woke her out of her dreams; glozed and dewy from them she looked at it, and smiled at him through it.

    Rest Harrow Maurice Hewlett
  • Still holding it; she rose, and went through the bars into the dewy lane.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • She was just from the bath, and her complexion had a soft, dewy transparency, like the cheek of Venus rising from the sea.

  • The laughter had gone from her eyes, and left a dewy wistfulness.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • All the summer day, from morn to dewy eve, we sail over the lakes of Paradise.

  • "That is bravely spoken, my noble Edith," said Mrs. Stewart, with dewy eyes.

    The Masked Bridal Mrs. Georgie Sheldon
  • Carew lacks the dewy freshness, the unstudied grace of Herrick.

British Dictionary definitions for dewy


adjective dewier, dewiest
moist with or as with dew: a dewy complexion
of or resembling dew
(poetic) suggesting, falling, or refreshing like dew: dewy sleep
Derived Forms
dewily, adverb
dewiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for dewy

Old English deawig (see dew + -y (2)).

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