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[mis-tee] /ˈmɪs ti/
adjective, mistier, mistiest.
abounding in or clouded by mist.
of the nature of or consisting of mist.
appearing as if seen through mist; indistinct or blurred in form or outline.
obscure; vague.
Origin of misty
before 900; Middle English; Old English mistig. See mist, -y1
Related forms
mistily, adverb
mistiness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for misty
  • But such stories are found more often in the sweet misty dreams of development officers than in reality.
  • The nostalgia factor is enough to make us misty-eyed.
  • No wonder that his coaches get a misty, faraway look in the eye when they talk about him.
  • The day was cold and misty, but heat blowers had been installed in the tents.
  • Vibrant, magical neighbors became misty outlines of themselves.
  • Her eyes are misty with tears though, and she cries in bed for no reason.
  • As the final credits rolled, more than a few eyes were misty.
  • Not the wood where rooks do congregate, but the misty or dark wood.
  • In the rear is the cabin, its misty windows glowing wanly with the light of a lamp inside.
  • Overhead the sky was half crystalline, half misty, and the night around was chill and vibrant with rich tension.
British Dictionary definitions for misty


adjective mistier, mistiest
consisting of or resembling mist
obscured by or as if by mist
indistinct; blurred: the misty past
Derived Forms
mistily, adverb
mistiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for misty

Old English mistig; see mist (n.) + -y (2). Related: Mistily; mistiness.

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