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[stahr-ee] /ˈstɑr i/
adjective, starrier, starriest.
abounding with stars:
a starry night.
of, relating to, or proceeding from the stars.
of the nature of or consisting of stars:
starry worlds.
resembling a star; star-shaped or stellate.
shining like stars:
starry reflections on the dark water.
Origin of starry
1325-75; Middle English; see star, -y1
Related forms
starriness, noun Unabridged
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  • And after dark, the constellations weave a starry canopy.
  • Of course the starry-eyed people will tell us that wind and solar can solve all of our problems and meet all of our energy needs.
  • But this is a misunderstanding of how starry talents work.
  • People have often sought solitude in the starry night sky, and it is an appropriate place for that.
  • They are, rather, starry-eyed extrapolations from experiments conducted on rats and mice.
  • He admires the lab's planetary missions and its starry-eyed romanticism for the cosmos.
  • Even starry-eyed outsiders who win elections on anti-corruption tickets seem to be captured by the system within months.
  • The crowd was friendly enough, but smaller than the crowds he used to attract during the campaign, and less starry-eyed.
  • Its new mate, in the starry moments of courtship, may find it easier to see the opportunities than the challenges.
  • Instead, starry tinkering that has been the order of the day.
British Dictionary definitions for starry


adjective -rier, -riest
filled, covered with, or illuminated by stars
of, like, or relating to a star or stars
Derived Forms
starrily, adverb
starriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for starry

late 14c., from star + -y (2). Starry-eyed "unrealistically optimistic" is attested from 1884; earlier descriptive of bright eyes. Related: Starrily; starriness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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