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adjective, star·ri·er, star·ri·est.
  1. abounding with stars: a starry night.
  2. of, relating to, or proceeding from the stars.
  3. of the nature of or consisting of stars: starry worlds.
  4. resembling a star; star-shaped or stellate.
  5. shining like stars: starry reflections on the dark water.
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Origin of starry

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at star, -y1
Related formsstar·ri·ness, noun
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adjective -rier or -riest
  1. filled, covered with, or illuminated by stars
  2. of, like, or relating to a star or stars
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Derived Formsstarrily, adverbstarriness, noun
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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.

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