adjective, milk·i·er, milk·i·est.

of or like milk, especially in appearance or consistency.
white or whitish in color.
giving a good supply of milk.
meek, tame, timid, or spiritless.

Origin of milky

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at milk, -y1
Related formsmilk·i·ly, adverbmilk·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for milky

Contemporary Examples of milky

Historical Examples of milky

  • The "ghosts of prayer plumes," which Moke-icha saw in the sky, is the Milky Way.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • Our balloon plunged into a milky vapour quite warm from the sun.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • Then the great sacrifice was held to deliver the old Dragon of the Milky Way.

  • You have seen it hidden in her eyes and you have seen it in the milky eyes of the twins.

    Now We Are Three

    Joe L. Hensley

  • They were filled with a milky light, and the odor of ozone was strong.

    In the Orbit of Saturn

    Roman Frederick Starzl

British Dictionary definitions for milky


adjective milkier or milkiest

resembling milk, esp in colour or cloudiness
of or containing milk
spiritless or spineless
Judaism another word for milchik
Derived Formsmilkily, adverbmilkiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for milky

late 14c., from milk (n.) + -y (2). Related: Milkily; milkiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper