[doo-ee, dyoo-ee]

adjective, dew·i·er, dew·i·est.

moist with or as if with dew.
having the quality of dew: dewy tears.

Origin of dewy

before 1000; Middle English; Old English dēawig; see dew, -y1
Related formsdew·i·ly, adverbdew·i·ness, nounun·dew·i·ly, adverbun·dew·i·ness, nounun·dew·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of dewy

Historical Examples of dewy

  • Linda's eyes opened wide and dewy with surprise and pleasure.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • In the dewy mornings, she hop-skipped and jumped by his side into the pasture to bring in the cows.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • Wherever she set her blessed foot, there was at once a dewy flower.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • Still holding it; she rose, and went through the bars into the dewy lane.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • She was happy as a day in summer, and fresh as a dewy morning in spring.

    The Scapegoat

    Hall Caine

British Dictionary definitions for dewy


adjective dewier or dewiest

moist with or as with dewa dewy complexion
of or resembling dew
poetic suggesting, falling, or refreshing like dewdewy sleep
Derived Formsdewily, adverbdewiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for dewy

Old English deawig (see dew + -y (2)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper