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[mee-lee] /ˈmi li/
adjective, mealier, mealiest.
having the qualities of meal; powdery; soft, dry, and crumbly:
mealy potatoes; a mealy stone.
of or containing meal; farinaceous:
baked fish with a mealy crust.
covered with or as if with meal or powder:
flowers mealy with their pollen.
flecked as if with meal; spotty:
horses with mealy hides.
pale; sallow:
a mealy complexion.
Origin of mealy
1525-35; meal2 + -y1
Related forms
mealiness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It was not him that she had come to look for with her bare elbows and her mealy mouth; it was her old beau.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • The "mealy Sweet" was not of much account; it was too dry, but the Harveys were excellent.

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
  • Not until the stranger walked down to the water's edge where mealy sat did the other boys spy him.

    The Court of Boyville William Allen White
  • A baked potato, eaten as soon as done, is sweet, dry and mealy.

    Health on the Farm H. F. Harris
  • mealy was glad when the group came to the deep shade of the woods and walked slowly.

    The Court of Boyville William Allen White
  • How did you manage to bake these potatoes so that they are so good and mealy?

    A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband Louise Bennett Weaver
  • The mealy masses of dry sand beyond the river's lip are stuffed with these mussel shells.

  • It has a mealy or sandy feeling when rubbed between the fingers.

    The Book of Cheese Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk
British Dictionary definitions for mealy


adjective mealier, mealiest
resembling meal; powdery
containing or consisting of meal or grain
sprinkled or covered with meal or similar granules
(esp of horses) spotted; mottled
pale in complexion
short for mealy-mouthed
Derived Forms
mealiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mealy

"resembling or consisting of meal," 1530s, from meal (n.2) + -y (2). Related: Mealiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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