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.

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

Examples from the Web for mealy

Contemporary Examples of mealy

Historical Examples of mealy

  • If it is but potatoes and salt, let the salt be ground fine, and the potatoes white and mealy.

    Culture and Cooking

    Catherine Owen

  • The name did not fit him; was too mealy; not debonair enough.


    Edna Ferber

  • The "Mealy Sweet" was not of much account; it was too dry, but the Harveys were excellent.

    When Life Was Young

    C. A. Stephens

  • A baked potato, eaten as soon as done, is sweet, dry and mealy.

    Health on the Farm

    H. F. Harris

  • They will not be mealy if they lie soaking in the water without boiling.

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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