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[mahr-shee] /ˈmɑr ʃi/
adjective, marshier, marshiest.
like a marsh; soft and wet; boggy.
pertaining to a marsh.
consisting of or constituting a marsh, bog, swamp, or the like.
Origin of marshy
1350-1400; Middle English mershi. See marsh, -y1
Related forms
marshiness, noun Unabridged
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  • Natural fires burn forest during dry spells, creating lakes and marshy areas that are perfect hunting grounds for wading birds.
  • Now she came to a great marshy place in the wood, where fat water-snakes rolled about, showing their ugly cream-colored bodies.
  • Some stand out of kilter as the piles that support them gradually sink into the marshy subsoil.
  • Their chosen site was marshy, mosquito-ridden, and without fresh water.
  • It ended up that the lechwe ran into a marshy area and the cheetahs weren't able to run so fast through the water.
  • These hooves also act as snowshoes to support the heavy animals in soft snow and in muddy or marshy ground.
  • These plants are vital to the regions' marshy wetlands.
  • Near the marshy part there were a whole bunch of dead tadpoles.
  • Pockets of ice cracked underfoot and gave way to marshy ground.
  • To your left is a marshy bay where moose come to feed at dawn.
British Dictionary definitions for marshy


adjective marshier, marshiest
of, involving, or like a marsh
Derived Forms
marshiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for marshy

late 14c., from marsh + -y (2). Related: Marshiness.

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