adjective, mist·i·er, mist·i·est.

abounding in or clouded by mist.
of the nature of or consisting of mist.
appearing as if seen through mist; indistinct or blurred in form or outline.
obscure; vague.

Origin of misty

before 900; Middle English; Old English mistig. See mist, -y1
Related formsmist·i·ly, adverbmist·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for mistily

Historical Examples of mistily

  • But her eyes, as they met his mistily, were lit with a proud splendor.

    Spawn of the Comet

    Harold Thompson Rich

  • Mistily he saw the hairy-coated Germans moving about on the forward deck.

  • The twin spires of St. Patrick's were mistily dominating it all, as usual.

    The Dual Alliance

    Marjorie Benton Cooke

  • Barbara looked at him mistily through a film of tears and saw that he was going to ask her to marry him before she was ready.

    Lady Lilith

    Stephen McKenna

  • For I mistily remembered that the Twins, before the day was over, were going to find it a very flatulent world.

    The Prairie Mother

    Arthur Stringer

British Dictionary definitions for mistily


adjective mistier or mistiest

consisting of or resembling mist
obscured by or as if by mist
indistinct; blurredthe misty past
Derived Formsmistily, adverbmistiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for mistily



Old English mistig; see mist (n.) + -y (2). Related: Mistily; mistiness.

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