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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 dreaminess
Historical Examples
  • The Breton or Celtic imagination had peculiar qualities of dreaminess, and magic and mystery.

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

  • No, despite its dreaminess, his soul ever remembered its celestial origin, and could not be diverted from the path of virtue.

    Dead Souls Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
  • It had dreaminess in it, intense attention, and something like sternness.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • It was, no doubt, these habits which imparted to her face an expression at the same time of audacity and dreaminess.

    Sentimental Education Vol 1 Gustave Flaubert
  • "It was an accident," said Patty, coming back out of her dreaminess.

    The Making of Mona Mabel Quiller-Couch
  • But Dorothy ceased to move at all, and the dreaminess left her gaze, which had now become breathlessly alert and strained.

    Dorothy's House Party Evelyn Raymond
  • They all had a protesting laugh at this, startled for an instant from their dreaminess.

    The Brimming Cup Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  • I felt a numbness of body and mind—a dreaminess of sensation but this was all.

  • At that Peter started a little, and the dreaminess of the night fell away from him.

    The Lee Shore Rose Macaulay
British Dictionary definitions for dreaminess


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 dreaminess



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 dreaminess



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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