[ fil-mee ]
/ ˈfɪl mi /

adjective, film·i·er, film·i·est.

thin and light; fine and gauzy: a gown of a filmy material.
hazy or misty; glazed: filmy eyes.

Origin of filmy

First recorded in 1595–1605; film + -y1
Related formsfilm·i·ly, adverbfilm·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for filmy


/ (ˈfɪlmɪ) /

adjective filmier or filmiest

composed of or resembling film; transparent or gauzy
covered with or as if with a film; hazy; blurred
Derived Formsfilmily, adverbfilminess, noun
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Word Origin and History for filmy



c.1600, from film (n.) + -y (2). Related: Filminess.

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