[mahyuh r-ee]

adjective, mir·i·er, mir·i·est.

of the nature of mire; swampy: miry ground.
abounding in mire; muddy.
covered or bespattered with mire.

Origin of miry

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at mire, -y1
Related formsmir·i·ness, nounun·mir·y, adjective
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Examples from the Web for miry

Historical Examples of miry

  • It had taken to the grass, and was heading straight for the miry slough.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • Before they can reach the wicket-gate, they fall into a 'miry slough.'


    James Anthony Froude

  • No iron mixed with miry clay, Will ever do, the people say,Hurrah!

    The Liberty Minstrel

    George W. Clark

  • Miry was about the handsomest gal that went into the singers' seat a Sunday.

    Oldtown Fireside Stories

    Harriet Beecher Stowe

  • No: he said Miry was his daughter, and 'twas her bisness to take care on him.

    Oldtown Fireside Stories

    Harriet Beecher Stowe

Word Origin and History for miry

late 14c., from mire (n.) + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper