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[sil-vuh-ree] /ˈsɪl və ri/
resembling silver; of a lustrous grayish-white color:
the silvery moon.
having a clear, ringing sound like that of silver:
the silvery peal of bells.
containing or covered with silver:
silvery deposits.
Origin of silvery
1590-1600; silver + -y1
Related forms
silveriness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • She spoke swiftly, in a voice clear-toned and silvery as a bell.

    Nicanor - Teller of Tales C. Bryson Taylor
  • The moon had climbed a little and had turned a silvery yellow.

    Tutors' Lane Wilmarth Lewis
  • But now, as two Space Patrolmen in their silvery armor, arrived from their quarters and stood beside him, he smiled a little.

    Big Pill Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • The lower portion of the body is silvery white, checkered with black.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • There was a signpost of silvery snow, and on it in letters of pure ice the children read: This way to the North Pole.

    The Book of Dragons Edith Nesbit
British Dictionary definitions for silvery


of or having the appearance of silver: the silvery moon
containing or covered with silver
having a clear ringing sound
Derived Forms
silveriness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for silvery

late 14c., from silver (n.) + -y (2). Related: Silveriness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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