mousy

[mou-see, -zee]
adjective, mousier, mousiest.
1.
resembling or suggesting a mouse, as in color or odor.
2.
drab and colorless.
3.
meek; timid: A drill sergeant can't be mousy!
4.
quiet; noiseless: a mousy tread.
5.
infested with mice.
Also, mousey.


Origin:
1805–15; mouse + -y1

mousily, adverb
mousiness, noun


3. fearful, shy, bashful, timorous.
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mousy or mousey (ˈmaʊsɪ)
 
adj , mousier, mousiest
1.  resembling a mouse, esp in having a light brown or greyish hair colour
2.  shy or ineffectual: a mousy little woman
3.  infested with mice
 
mousey or mousey
 
adj
 
'mousily or mousey
 
adv
 
'mousiness or mousey
 
n

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mousy
1812 with reference to quietness; 1853, of color; from mouse + -y (2).
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Example sentences
Gone is her dull administrative job, her mousy wardrobe, her downer of a
  roommate.
Everybody else looked comparatively mousy in muted blues and grays, as is
  customary.
In one, she's a frumpy pushover with mousy hair and a cheating boyfriend.
Her hair is mousy, her clothes are frumpy, and her job as a legal secretary
  seems to offer all the excitement she can handle.
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