[ mee-lee ]
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adjective,meal·i·er, meal·i·est.
  1. having the qualities of meal; powdery; soft, dry, and crumbly: mealy potatoes; a mealy stone.

  2. of or containing meal; farinaceous: baked fish with a mealy crust.

  1. covered with or as if with meal or powder: flowers mealy with their pollen.

  2. flecked as if with meal; spotty: horses with mealy hides.

  3. pale; sallow: a mealy complexion.

Origin of mealy

First recorded in 1525–35; meal2 + -y1

Other words from mealy

  • meal·i·ness, noun

Words Nearby mealy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use mealy in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for mealy


/ (ˈmiːlɪ) /

adjectivemealier or mealiest
  1. resembling meal; powdery

  2. containing or consisting of meal or grain

  1. sprinkled or covered with meal or similar granules

  2. (esp of horses) spotted; mottled

  3. pale in complexion

  4. short for mealy-mouthed

Derived forms of mealy

  • mealiness, noun

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