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[fil-mee] /ˈfɪl mi/
adjective, filmier, filmiest.
thin and light; fine and gauzy:
a gown of a filmy material.
hazy or misty; glazed:
filmy eyes.
Origin of filmy
1595-1605; film + -y1
Related forms
filmily, adverb
filminess, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for filmy
  • They can be large or small, fluffy and feathered or transparent and filmy, delicate or tough.
  • The pinkish-white grotto salamander adults have eyes that are tiny, partly or completely blind, and covered with a filmy skin.
  • filmy white shades diffuse sunlight through the sitting area-helped by pale fabrics and rugs.
  • Perhaps a filmy material could be created with similar properties.
  • Her rare moments of ecstasy, when she stands on one leg and glues up her round eyes with filmy eyelids, are stunningly disgusting.
  • By a hired cook at home while you jaunt around the park in a filmy, ruffled dress, maybe.
  • Her nudity is emphasized by her jewels and filmy veils.
  • Of concern is the removal of a filmy residue that can typically form after wiping the surface.
British Dictionary definitions for filmy


adjective filmier, filmiest
composed of or resembling film; transparent or gauzy
covered with or as if with a film; hazy; blurred
Derived Forms
filmily, adverb
filminess, noun
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Word Origin and History for filmy

c.1600, from film (n.) + -y (2). Related: Filminess.

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