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mousy

or mous·ey

[mou-see, -zee]
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adjective, mous·i·er, mous·i·est.
  1. resembling or suggesting a mouse, as in color or odor.
  2. drab and colorless.
  3. meek; timid: A drill sergeant can't be mousy!
  4. quiet; noiseless: a mousy tread.
  5. infested with mice.

Origin of mousy

First recorded in 1805–15; mouse + -y1
Related formsmous·i·ly, adverbmous·i·ness, noun

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3. fearful, shy, bashful, timorous.
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Examples from the Web for mousy

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Historical Examples

  • In the first place, it is likely to have a slight musky or mousy odor about it.

    A Handbook of Health

    Woods Hutchinson

  • A bat was flying somewhere near—he felt the wind from its mousy wings.

    Lorraine

    Robert W. Chambers

  • Head and ears were mousy, the neck long, with a hump at its base.

    West Of The Sun

    Edgar Pangborn

  • They were kept on plates on sideboards in the sun, or thrust into mousy cupboards.

    Notwithstanding

    Mary Cholmondeley

  • You have mousy ways and, if you were black, I should say you were a rat.


British Dictionary definitions for mousy

mousy

mousey

adjective mousier or mousiest
  1. resembling a mouse, esp in having a light brown or greyish hair colour
  2. shy or ineffectuala mousy little woman
  3. infested with mice
Derived Formsmousily, adverbmousiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for mousy

adj.

1812 with reference to quietness; 1853, of color; from mouse + -y (2).

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