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[mas-ee] /ˈmæs i/
adjective, massier, massiest.
Origin of massy
1350-1400; Middle English; see mass, -y1
Related forms
massiness, noun Unabridged
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  • The west front is flanked by two Norman towers, bold and massy, with semi-circular arches in the highest stories.

  • As they came streaming down the hill, General massy got his guns into action.

    Our Soldiers W.H.G. Kingston
  • massy, blocking the engine-room companion, jerked himself into his tweed jacket surlily, while the second waited with a scowl.

    End of the Tether Joseph Conrad
  • General Roberts therefore ordered massy to send his cavalry at the enemy.

    For Name and Fame G. A. Henty
  • It was cheap and brass-bound, but it reflected the sunlight as well as though it had been framed in massy gold.

    Angel Island Inez Haynes Gillmore
  • They often say, 'For massy sakes, Lucindy Bascom, how d' you know that?'

    The Village Watch-Tower (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • Who would have thought that all the massy armor would come to nothing before a sling and a stone?

    Life and Times of David Charles Henry Mackintosh
  • massy brought the palm of his hand with a loud smack against his thigh.

    End of the Tether Joseph Conrad
  • Mr. Van Wyk whimsically would not admit that Mr. massy, for instance, was more pleasant naturally than the Balinini pirates.

    End of the Tether Joseph Conrad
  • massy waited for some little time, then began to threaten plaintively.

    End of the Tether Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for massy


adjective massier, massiest
a literary word for massive
Derived Forms
massiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for massy

late 14c., from mass (n.1) + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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