adjective, star·ri·er, star·ri·est.

abounding with stars: a starry night.
of, relating to, or proceeding from the stars.
of the nature of or consisting of stars: starry worlds.
resembling a star; star-shaped or stellate.
shining like stars: starry reflections on the dark water.

Origin of starry

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at star, -y1
Related formsstar·ri·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for starry

Contemporary Examples of starry

  • Astraea is the starry Lady of the Scales, a sort of karmic, astral Venus who weighs one's deeds.

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    The Stars Predict Your Week

    Starsky + Cox

    October 9, 2011

  • A some-time interest has become a solid platform from which to stretch artistic muscles and reach for starry achievement.

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    Horoscopes July 3-9, 2011

    Starsky + Cox

    July 2, 2011

  • I think that whole experience with The Starry Messenger was ultimately a kind of lonely one for him, and yet it strengthened him.

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    Kevin Sessums

    December 16, 2009

Historical Examples of starry

British Dictionary definitions for starry


adjective -rier or -riest

filled, covered with, or illuminated by stars
of, like, or relating to a star or stars
Derived Formsstarrily, adverbstarriness, noun
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

Word Origin and History for starry

late 14c., from star + -y (2). Starry-eyed "unrealistically optimistic" is attested from 1884; earlier descriptive of bright eyes. Related: Starrily; starriness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper