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  1. resembling silver; of a lustrous grayish-white color: the silvery moon.
  2. having a clear, ringing sound like that of silver: the silvery peal of bells.
  3. containing or covered with silver: silvery deposits.
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Origin of silvery

First recorded in 1590–1600; silver + -y1
Related formssil·ver·i·ness, noun
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Related Words for silvery

rhythmic, melodic, symphonic, vocal, choral, operatic, vivid, vibrant, deep, bright, warm, resonant, strong, intense, white, silvery, dingy, thick, burning, smoldering

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Contemporary Examples of silvery

Historical Examples of silvery

  • In the silvery moonlight all the fairy, flower-like quality of her was enhanced.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • Provost was tall, his silvery hair was blown about, and he had a droll face.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • A man was approaching, alone, across the silvery sand-hills.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • Other boughs sagged under the weight of silvery cornucopias.

    Bride of the Mistletoe

    James Lane Allen

  • The house was in darkness, and the moon brought it out in silvery, frigid relief.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

British Dictionary definitions for silvery


  1. of or having the appearance of silverthe silvery moon
  2. containing or covered with silver
  3. having a clear ringing sound
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Derived Formssilveriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for silvery


late 14c., from silver (n.) + -y (2). Related: Silveriness.

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