Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[stahr-ee] /ˈstɑr i/
adjective, starrier, starriest.
abounding with stars:
a starry night.
of, relating to, or proceeding from the stars.
of the nature of or consisting of stars:
starry worlds.
resembling a star; star-shaped or stellate.
shining like stars:
starry reflections on the dark water.
Origin of starry
Middle English word dating back to 1325-75; See origin at star, -y1
Related forms
starriness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for starry
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • They lengthened more, and more, till the starry, shimmering form was swaying above a yawning abyss.

    Idle Hour Stories Eugenia Dunlap Potts
  • You don't mean to tell me that vessel's called The starry Flag!

    Freaks of Fortune Oliver Optic
  • Would not the land of the starry west suit better such a heart and such a mind as his?

    Ralph the Heir Anthony Trollope
  • Levi went on his experimental trip in The starry Flag the next day.

    Freaks of Fortune Oliver Optic
  • The harmonious order of the starry sky, And awful revelation's angel breath, Assure these hopes their full effect shall find.

  • The world stopped suddenly while a starry eternity enveloped them.

    Virginia Ellen Glasgow
  • Forthwith she repeated the experiment, and again the child's eyes followed the starry gleam.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for starry


adjective -rier, -riest
filled, covered with, or illuminated by stars
of, like, or relating to a star or stars
Derived Forms
starrily, adverb
starriness, noun
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
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for starry

late 14c., from star + -y (2). Starry-eyed "unrealistically optimistic" is attested from 1884; earlier descriptive of bright eyes. Related: Starrily; starriness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for starry

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for starry

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for starry