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mousy

or mousey

[mou-see, -zee] /ˈmaʊ si, -zi/
adjective, mousier, mousiest.
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
1805-1815
First recorded in 1805-15; mouse + -y1
Related forms
mousily, adverb
mousiness, noun
Synonyms
3. fearful, shy, bashful, timorous.
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Examples from the Web for mousy
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  • 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

/ˈmaʊsɪ/
adjective mousier, mousiest
1.
resembling a mouse, esp in having a light brown or greyish hair colour
2.
shy or ineffectual: a mousy little woman
3.
infested with mice
Derived Forms
mousily, adverb
mousiness, 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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