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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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  • They lengthened more, and more, till the starry, shimmering form was swaying above a yawning abyss.

    Idle Hour Stories Eugenia Dunlap Potts
  • When I reached the manse, it stood alone in the starry blue night.

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood George MacDonald
  • Would not the land of the starry west suit better such a heart and such a mind as his?

    Ralph the Heir Anthony Trollope
  • Or rather, perhaps, 'the starry heaven above and mind prior to the world.'

    Laws Plato
  • The harmonious order of the starry sky, And awful revelation's angel breath, Assure these hopes their full effect shall find.

  • But something else comes creeping in,As softly, from the starry night— The Elf!

  • Forthwith she repeated the experiment, and again the child's eyes followed the starry gleam.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
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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