adjective, mist·i·er, mist·i·est.
  1. abounding in or clouded by mist.
  2. of the nature of or consisting of mist.
  3. appearing as if seen through mist; indistinct or blurred in form or outline.
  4. 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
  1. consisting of or resembling mist
  2. obscured by or as if by mist
  3. 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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