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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Contemporary Examples of misty

Historical Examples of misty

  • The girl's eyes met his with passionate sorrow in their misty deeps.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • It was only later on that Winnie obtained from him a misty and confused confession.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • The sixth day of the appointed week was a moist, hot, misty day.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • For ten minutes or so, he pushed on into the strange, misty night.

  • His misty little mind had already made an unconscious classification.

    White Fang

    Jack London

British Dictionary definitions for misty


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 misty

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

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