dreamy

[dree-mee]

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 dreaminess

Historical Examples of dreaminess

  • It had dreaminess in it, intense attention, and something like sternness.

    Victory

    Joseph Conrad

  • Her eyes were soft and limpid, and they held an expression of dreaminess in their depths.

    Phyllis

    Dorothy Whitehill

  • By his mother and sisters, for instance, his dreaminess was constantly noted.

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James

  • The English girl's eyes had in them now less of dreaminess, and more of thought.

  • She must have infected me with her dreaminess, for I, too, read nothing and just dreamed.


British Dictionary definitions for dreaminess

dreamy

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 dreaminess

dreamy

adj.

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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