adjective, dream·i·er, dream·i·est.

of the nature of or characteristic of dreams; visionary.
vague; dim.
soothing; restful; quieting: dreamy music.
given to daydreaming or reverie.
abounding in dreams; characterized by or causing dreams.
Informal. wonderful; marvelous: He has a dreamy new convertible.

Origin of dreamy

First recorded in 1560–70; dream + -y1
Related formsdream·i·ly, adverbdream·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for dreamily

Historical Examples of dreamily

  • "Amanthis," repeated the child, dreamily, as she leaned against his knee.

    The Little Colonel

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • "That's the way she looked the first time I ever saw her," said the Colonel, dreamily.

    The Little Colonel

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • "I like to think of the children at Wren's End," Fay said dreamily.

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker

  • "A living brother is more to her than a dead mother," said Philip dreamily.

  • He had toyed with the fancy, dreamily almost as men build their castles in Spain.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for dreamily


adjective dreamier or dreamiest

vague or impractical
resembling a dream in quality
relaxing; gentledreamy music
informal wonderful
having dreams, esp daydreams
Derived Formsdreamily, adverbdreaminess, noun
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Word Origin and History for dreamily



1560s, "full of dreams," from dream + -y (2). Meaning "perfect, ideal," attested from 1941, American English teen slang. Cf. dreamboat "romantically desirable person;" dream girl (1903).

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