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[mis-tee] /ˈmɪs ti/
adjective, mistier, mistiest.
abounding in or clouded by mist.
of the nature of or consisting of mist.
appearing as if seen through mist; indistinct or blurred in form or outline.
obscure; vague.
Origin of misty
before 900; Middle English; Old English mistig. See mist, -y1
Related forms
mistily, adverb
mistiness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for mistiness
Historical Examples
  • Now the garden lay deserted, desolate in the mistiness of the moonlight.

    Nicanor - Teller of Tales C. Bryson Taylor
  • As it approached, a mistiness that formed became a crucible.

    Invaders from the Infinite

    John Wood Campbell
  • I cannot even shelter myself under the mistiness of the peremptory we.

    Rattlin the Reefer Edward Howard
  • She clasped her hands, and her eyes were lucent with mistiness.

    A Little Girl in Old San Francisco

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • He forced back a mistiness that was gathering like a film over his eyes.

    A Quarter-Back's Pluck Lester Chadwick
  • They looked into each other's eyes, and were not ashamed of the mistiness which gleamed there.

  • It is darker than the rest, but it seems to be all covered up with mistiness.

    The Great Stone of Sardis Frank R. Stockton
  • Frank thought there was a mistiness which hinted recent tears.

    Port O' Gold

    Louis John Stellman
  • Gradually, the mistiness increased; growing, as it were, out of nothing.

    The House on the Borderland William Hope Hodgson
  • Yet there is no uncertainty, no mistiness in his form, as there is in that of some of the other impressionists.

    Musical Portraits Paul Rosenfeld
British Dictionary definitions for mistiness


adjective mistier, mistiest
consisting of or resembling mist
obscured by or as if by mist
indistinct; blurred: the misty past
Derived Forms
mistily, adverb
mistiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for mistiness



Old English mistig; see mist (n.) + -y (2). Related: Mistily; mistiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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