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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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  • The girl's eyes met his with passionate sorrow in their misty deeps.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • It was only later on that Winnie obtained from him a misty and confused confession.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • The sixth day of the appointed week was a moist, hot, misty day.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • For ten minutes or so, he pushed on into the strange, misty night.

    The Inn at the Red Oak Latta Griswold
  • His misty little mind had already made an unconscious classification.

    White Fang Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for misty


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 misty

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

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