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[mee-lee] /ˈmi li/
adjective, mealier, mealiest.
having the qualities of meal; powdery; soft, dry, and crumbly:
mealy potatoes; a mealy stone.
of or containing meal; farinaceous:
baked fish with a mealy crust.
covered with or as if with meal or powder:
flowers mealy with their pollen.
flecked as if with meal; spotty:
horses with mealy hides.
pale; sallow:
a mealy complexion.
Origin of mealy
First recorded in 1525-35; meal2 + -y1
Related forms
mealiness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • If it is but potatoes and salt, let the salt be ground fine, and the potatoes white and mealy.

    Culture and Cooking Catherine Owen
  • The name did not fit him; was too mealy; not debonair enough.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • The "mealy Sweet" was not of much account; it was too dry, but the Harveys were excellent.

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
  • A baked potato, eaten as soon as done, is sweet, dry and mealy.

    Health on the Farm H. F. Harris
  • They will not be mealy if they lie soaking in the water without boiling.

  • How did you manage to bake these potatoes so that they are so good and mealy?

    A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband Louise Bennett Weaver
  • It has a mealy or sandy feeling when rubbed between the fingers.

    The Book of Cheese

    Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk
  • The flesh is inclined to be mealy; ripens the last of June in Texas.

    The Peaches of New York U. P. Hedrick
British Dictionary definitions for mealy


adjective mealier, mealiest
resembling meal; powdery
containing or consisting of meal or grain
sprinkled or covered with meal or similar granules
(esp of horses) spotted; mottled
pale in complexion
short for mealy-mouthed
Derived Forms
mealiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for mealy

"resembling or consisting of meal," 1530s, from meal (n.2) + -y (2). Related: Mealiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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