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[dree-mee] /ˈdri mi/
adjective, dreamier, dreamiest.
of the nature of or characteristic of dreams; visionary.
vague; dim.
soothing; restful; quieting:
dreamy music.
given to daydreaming or reverie.
abounding in dreams; characterized by or causing dreams.
Informal. wonderful; marvelous:
He has a dreamy new convertible.
Origin of dreamy
First recorded in 1560-70; dream + -y1
Related forms
dreamily, adverb
dreaminess, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for dreamily
Historical Examples
  • "Amanthis," repeated the child, dreamily, as she leaned against his knee.

    The Little Colonel Annie Fellows Johnston
  • "That's the way she looked the first time I ever saw her," said the Colonel, dreamily.

    The Little Colonel Annie Fellows Johnston
  • "I like to think of the children at Wren's End," Fay said dreamily.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • "A living brother is more to her than a dead mother," said Philip dreamily.

  • He had toyed with the fancy, dreamily almost as men build their castles in Spain.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • "And I intended he should have been my heir," said Conway, dreamily.

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  • He said "Yes" dreamily, and she ran off towards the big house.

  • Mary Hope watched it dreamily and wondered how a Jezebel could be so beautiful and so good.

    Rim o' the World B. M. Bower
  • Ludlow fell back in his chair, and dreamily crumbled his bread.

    The Coast of Bohemia William Dean Howells
  • Janet spoke low and dreamily; again the cold stilled her pain.

    Janet of the Dunes

    Harriet T. Comstock
British Dictionary definitions for dreamily


adjective dreamier, dreamiest
vague or impractical
resembling a dream in quality
relaxing; gentle: dreamy music
(informal) wonderful
having dreams, esp daydreams
Derived Forms
dreamily, adverb
dreaminess, noun
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Word Origin and History for dreamily



1560s, "full of dreams," from dream + -y (2). Meaning "perfect, ideal," attested from 1941, American English teen slang. Cf. dreamboat "romantically desirable person;" dream girl (1903).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for dreamily



Very desirable; beautiful: What a dreamy house you've got! (1920s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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