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or clay·ish

adjective, clay·i·er, clay·i·est.
  1. covered or smeared with clay.
  2. like or resembling clay.
  3. full of or abounding in clay.
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Origin of clayey

before 1050; Middle English cleii, Old English clǣig; see clay1, -ey1
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Examples from the Web for clayey

Historical Examples

  • Use of clayey gravel or an accumulation of dirt on the surface.

    Concrete Construction

    Halbert P. Gillette

  • It is greater in loamy and clayey soils; but is still small.

  • Clayey soils are composed of fine particles that adhere to each other.

  • The road was cream-white—a clayey kind of earth, apparently.

    Following the Equator, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • This clayey stuff is what I've longed for—I know what is behind it.

    The Gilded Age, Complete

    Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner

Word Origin and History for clayey


Old English clæig, from contracted compound of clæg (see clay) + -ig (see -y (2)).

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