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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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  • The fog thinned off, and showed the Anzac in still autumn sunshine, pushing through a misty expanse of grey landlocked bays.

  • The girl's eyes met his with passionate sorrow in their misty deeps.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • They not only build and endow libraries, but they actually utilize them—spoil their eyes over musty, misty, mazy volumes.

    Discourses of Keidansky Bernard G. Richards
  • It was only later on that Winnie obtained from him a misty and confused confession.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • The Solarite, too, had become a misty ghost ship about them; they were becoming visible!

    The Black Star Passes John W Campbell
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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