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or mous·ey

[ mou-see, -zee ]


, mous·i·er, mous·i·est.
  1. resembling or suggesting a mouse, as in color or odor.
  2. drab and colorless.
  3. meek; timid:

    A drill sergeant can't be mousy!

    Synonyms: timorous, bashful, shy, fearful

  4. quiet; noiseless:

    a mousy tread.

  5. infested with mice. mouse.


/ ˈmaʊsɪ /


  1. resembling a mouse, esp in having a light brown or greyish hair colour
  2. shy or ineffectual

    a mousy little woman

  3. infested with mice

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Derived Forms

  • ˈmousiness, noun
  • ˈmousily, adverb
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Other Words From

  • mousi·ly adverb
  • mousi·ness noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of mousy1

First recorded in 1805–15; mouse + -y 1
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Example Sentences

One would be telling stories, some were mousy and quiet, one would be holding on to the big aluminum olla of spaghetti.

From Eater

Been dying to see that powerful sexual masochist woo and whip that mousy college student?

Gaga played a mousy employee at the Apple Genius bar, who West trick into appearing on the show as a guest.

He will work with as much zeal to snare a mousy girl as to seduce a beauty queen.

She wore a green blazer, round glasses and her mousy brown hair in a mousse-less blob.

She was a good-looking woman of no particularly identifiable age, who'd taken care to make herself mousy.

They were kept on plates on sideboards in the sun, or thrust into mousy cupboards.

Baby dear, only look at it wid him pitty, pitty eyes, and him tongue out of his mousy!

But after a little the small mousy one's curiosity overcame her diffidence.

After a bit we could make out the doctor's short-tailed, mousy mare and him powdering along at a sort of hand gallop.

And those puny, little, mousy women stare and talk about me, because theah's a little meat on mah cahcass.