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[mil-kee] /ˈmɪl ki/
adjective, milkier, milkiest.
of or like milk, especially in appearance or consistency.
white or whitish in color.
giving a good supply of milk.
meek, tame, timid, or spiritless.
Origin of milky
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at milk, -y1
Related forms
milkily, adverb
milkiness, noun Unabridged
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  • The "ghosts of prayer plumes," which Moke-icha saw in the sky, is the milky Way.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • Our balloon plunged into a milky vapour quite warm from the sun.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Then the great sacrifice was held to deliver the old Dragon of the milky Way.

  • You have seen it hidden in her eyes and you have seen it in the milky eyes of the twins.

    Now We Are Three Joe L. Hensley
  • They were filled with a milky light, and the odor of ozone was strong.

    In the Orbit of Saturn Roman Frederick Starzl
British Dictionary definitions for milky


adjective milkier, milkiest
resembling milk, esp in colour or cloudiness
of or containing milk
spiritless or spineless
(Judaism) another word for milchik
Derived Forms
milkily, adverb
milkiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for milky

late 14c., from milk (n.) + -y (2). Related: Milkily; milkiness.

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