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Mitty

[mit-ee]
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noun
  1. Walter Mitty.
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Related formsMit·ty·esque, Mit·ty·ish, adjective
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  • Mitty was just the right sort of a Mitty for a little frontier girl.

  • We must do something, girls, and look 'how it do rain,' as Mitty would say.

    The Four Corners Abroad

    Amy Ella Blanchard

  • Don't say done forgot; that sounds like Mitty and Unc' Landy.

    The Four Corners

    Amy Ella Blanchard

  • Nan glanced at Mitty and the washerwoman who were eating their breakfast.

    The Four Corners

    Amy Ella Blanchard

  • "I has what I has," returned Mitty, breaking some splinters of wood across her knee.

    The Four Corners

    Amy Ella Blanchard


British Dictionary definitions for mitty

Mitty

noun
  1. Walter Mitty
    1. a fictional character given to grand and elaborate fantasies; daydreamer
    2. (as modifier)a Walter Mitty character; a Mitty act
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Derived FormsMittyesque or Mitty-like, adjective

Word Origin

C20: from a short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1939), by James Thurber
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for mitty

Mitty

"adventurous daydreamer," 1950, from title character in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," short story by U.S. author James Thurber (1894-1961) first published in the "New Yorker" March 18, 1939.

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