adjective, peat·i·er, peat·i·est.

of, pertaining to, resembling, or containing the substance peat.

Origin of peaty

First recorded in 1755–65; peat1 + -y1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for peaty

Historical Examples of peaty

  • And the smell of peaty clothes smote him on the nostril for the first time that day.

  • As pigments, the peaty Cappah brown is the most transparent and rich in colour.

  • A mountainous, peaty region in the northern part of Great Britain.

    This Giddy Globe

    Oliver Herford

  • It will not flourish in wet soils or on those of a peaty or sandy character.

  • Then he fell to them again, throwing out the peaty soil with both hands.

    Red Eve

    H. Rider Haggard

Word Origin and History for peaty

1765, from peat + -y (2). Related: Peatiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper