adjective, meal·i·er, meal·i·est.

having the qualities of meal; powdery; soft, dry, and crumbly: mealy potatoes; a mealy stone.
of or containing meal; farinaceous: baked fish with a mealy crust.
covered with or as if with meal or powder: flowers mealy with their pollen.
flecked as if with meal; spotty: horses with mealy hides.
pale; sallow: a mealy complexion.

Nearby words

  1. mealie pap,
  2. mealies,
  3. meals on wheels,
  4. mealtime,
  5. mealworm,
  6. mealy bug,
  7. mealy-mouthed,
  8. mealybug,
  9. mean,
  10. mean anomaly

Origin of mealy

First recorded in 1525–35; meal2 + -y1

Related formsmeal·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for mealy


adjective mealier or mealiest

resembling meal; powdery
containing or consisting of meal or grain
sprinkled or covered with meal or similar granules
(esp of horses) spotted; mottled
pale in complexion
short for mealy-mouthed
Derived Formsmealiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for mealy



"resembling or consisting of meal," 1530s, from meal (n.2) + -y (2). Related: Mealiness.

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