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[fil-mee] /ˈfɪl mi/
adjective, filmier, filmiest.
thin and light; fine and gauzy:
a gown of a filmy material.
hazy or misty; glazed:
filmy eyes.
Origin of filmy
First recorded in 1595-1605; film + -y1
Related forms
filmily, adverb
filminess, noun Unabridged
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  • Then he saw that this emptiness was lined and laced with filmy striations, like cellophane.

    The 4-D Doodler Graph Waldeyer
  • Her long, filmy white summer dress fell nearly to her ankles.

    The White Invaders Raymond King Cummings
  • If a gorgeous color is worn as a dress, it will be covered with filmy lace.

    Mizora: A Prophecy Mary E. Bradley
  • Through the filmy atmosphere to recognise them was impossible.

    The Ocean Waifs Mayne Reid
  • A sort of filmy fog had arisen over the ocean, which hid the stars from sight.

    The Ocean Waifs Mayne Reid
  • Then something came into his filmy eyes which she knew was a smile.

    A Young Man in a Hurry Robert W. Chambers
  • He had opened his eyes to filmy heavens, and taken his first walk on asphalt.

    The Longest Journey E. M. Forster
  • She ran to him, pityingly stroked the scar, looked down at him with filmy eyes.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • It had not that filmy, whitish appearance which distinguishes the latter phenomenon.

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for filmy


adjective filmier, filmiest
composed of or resembling film; transparent or gauzy
covered with or as if with a film; hazy; blurred
Derived Forms
filmily, adverb
filminess, noun
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Word Origin and History for filmy

c.1600, from film (n.) + -y (2). Related: Filminess.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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