• synonyms


[myoo-lee, moo l-ee]
  1. (of cattle or deer) hornless; polled.
Show More
noun, plural mul·eys.
  1. any cow.
Show More
Also mulley.

Origin of muley

1565–75; variant of dial. moiley < Irish maol or Welsh moel bald, hornless + -ey1, -ey2
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for muley

Historical Examples of muley

  • His neck had muscle creases like the folds on the neck of a muley bull.

    Dwellers in the Hills

    Melville Davisson Post

  • The latter's pony was straining every muscle to overhaul the muley.

  • Grunty Pig did not even thank the Muley Cow for warning him.

    The Tale of Grunty Pig

    Arthur Scott Bailey

  • I told him I was in search of the wise Muley; he answered me that he was the man.

  • "I never did have any use for sheep," Spot told the Muley Cow.

British Dictionary definitions for muley


mulley (ˈmʌlɪ)

  1. (of cattle) having no horns
Show More
  1. any hornless cow
Show More

Word Origin for muley

C16: variant of dialect moiley, from Gaelic maol, Welsh moel bald
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012