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

Examples from the Web for filmy

Contemporary Examples of filmy

Historical Examples of filmy

  • Then he saw that this emptiness was lined and laced with filmy striations, like cellophane.

    The 4-D Doodler

    Graph Waldeyer

  • Her long, filmy white summer dress fell nearly to her ankles.

    The White Invaders

    Raymond King Cummings

  • If a gorgeous color is worn as a dress, it will be covered with filmy lace.

    Mizora: A Prophecy

    Mary E. Bradley

  • Through the filmy atmosphere to recognise them was impossible.

    The Ocean Waifs

    Mayne Reid

  • A sort of filmy fog had arisen over the ocean, which hid the stars from sight.

    The Ocean Waifs

    Mayne Reid

British Dictionary definitions for filmy


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper