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dreamy

[dree-mee]
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adjective, dream·i·er, dream·i·est.
  1. of the nature of or characteristic of dreams; visionary.
  2. vague; dim.
  3. soothing; restful; quieting: dreamy music.
  4. given to daydreaming or reverie.
  5. abounding in dreams; characterized by or causing dreams.
  6. Informal. wonderful; marvelous: He has a dreamy new convertible.

Origin of dreamy

First recorded in 1560–70; dream + -y1
Related formsdream·i·ly, adverbdream·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for dreaminess

Historical Examples

  • It had dreaminess in it, intense attention, and something like sternness.

    Victory

    Joseph Conrad

  • Her eyes were soft and limpid, and they held an expression of dreaminess in their depths.

    Phyllis

    Dorothy Whitehill

  • By his mother and sisters, for instance, his dreaminess was constantly noted.

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James

  • The English girl's eyes had in them now less of dreaminess, and more of thought.

  • She must have infected me with her dreaminess, for I, too, read nothing and just dreamed.


British Dictionary definitions for dreaminess

dreamy

adjective dreamier or dreamiest
  1. vague or impractical
  2. resembling a dream in quality
  3. relaxing; gentledreamy music
  4. informal wonderful
  5. having dreams, esp daydreams
Derived Formsdreamily, adverbdreaminess, noun
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Word Origin and History for dreaminess

dreamy

adj.

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).

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