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[mahyuh r-ee] /ˈmaɪər i/
adjective, mirier, miriest.
of the nature of mire; swampy:
miry ground.
abounding in mire; muddy.
covered or bespattered with mire.
Origin of miry
1350-1400; Middle English; see mire, -y1
Related forms
miriness, noun
unmiry, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He went down alone into the "horrible pit, and miry clay;" but directly He plants His "foot on the rock" of resurrection.

    Notes on the book of Exodus C. H. (Charles Henry) Mackintosh
  • No iron mixed with miry clay, Will ever do, the people say,Hurrah!

    The Liberty Minstrel George W. Clark
  • He no more sung tenor than a skunk-blackbird; but he made b'lieve he did, jest to git next to miry in the singers' seats.

    Oldtown Fireside Stories Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • miry was about the handsomest gal that went into the singers' seat a Sunday.

    Oldtown Fireside Stories Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • The way to his house was crooked and miry—even difficult in the present unpropitious season.

  • It is true of its kind, though the dredging of nature is the miry form of art.

  • As she knew that every cent was precious now, she turned back on foot along the miry street.

    A Prairie Courtship Harold Bindloss
  • The cold set the miry roads like cement, in ruts and ridges.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • It was raining heavily, and a wet west wind whistled along the miry streets.

  • The streets were narrow, dusty in summer and miry in winter.

Word Origin and History for miry

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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