dewy

adjective
\ ˈdü-ē How to pronounce dewy (audio) also ˈdyü-\
dewier; dewiest

Definition of dewy

1 : moist with, affected by, or suggestive of dew dewy grass A fresh, faintly dewy complexion radiates health and beauty.Essence
2 : innocent, unsophisticated from a dewy bride to an ill-mannered, murderous courtesan— Melvin Gussow

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from dewy

dewily \ ˈdü-​ə-​lē How to pronounce dewily (audio) , ˈdyü-​ \ adverb
dewiness \ ˈdü-​ē-​nəs How to pronounce dewiness (audio) , ˈdyü-​ \ noun

Did You Know?

And her faire deawy eies with kisses deare Shee ofte did bathe (Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene). "I would these dewy teares were from the ground" (William Shakespeare, Richard III). "Till dewie sleep Oppress'd them" (John Milton, Paradise Lost). "Strengthen me, enlighten me … Thou dewy dawn of memory" (Alfred Tennyson, "Ode to Memory"). Such lines exemplify how the greats have poetically extended the characteristics of dewy grass to misty or crying eyes, as well as to things, like sleep, that affect people gently like forming dew, or to things, like memory, that gradually vanish like a morning's dew. In recent times, the adjective has often been used to describe the luminous complexions of models and starlets—an extension of the "suggestive of dew" meaning. It was not until the 20th century that people began to connect newly formed, undisturbed dew with freshness or purity and, in turn, with innocence and unsophistication, as in our second example sentence.

Examples of dewy in a Sentence

another version of the story of the dewy small-town girl hoping to make it big on Broadway

Recent Examples on the Web

This conviction was echoed at Toga paired with tousled wet crops and at Markus Lupfer beneath oversized hats, save for extra strobing on the high planes of the face to dewy, light-catching effect. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "5 Beauty Trends That Swept the London Runways This Week," 20 Feb. 2019 Here are some healthy eating and drinking habits that could keep your skin dewy — OK, if not exactly dewy, at least less lizardlike. Ellie Krieger, The Seattle Times, "How to fight dry winter skin from the inside out," 5 Feb. 2019 To complete the look, the brand-new Lip Fetish in Love Supreme (a rich rose) was tapped onto lips, and the Skin Fetish Highlighter & Balm Duo was placed on the tops of the models' cheekbones to help their skin have that undeniably dewy glow. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Pat McGrath Made Holographic No-Makeup Makeup Happen at the Anna Sui Spring 2019 Show," 11 Sep. 2018 By and large, base makeup falls between two goalposts: sheer, light, and dewy (the tinted moisturizer side of things), or heavy, full-coverage, and matte (welcome to Instagram). Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Beautyblender Is Launching Foundation, and We Tried It," 19 July 2018 Ultimately, all of the compounds and technology create a serum-like product that sinks into skin, protects it, and gives a dewy finish and fresh feel. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "This Skin-Care Product Works on a Cellular Level," 24 May 2018 Or, try Avon Be Blushed Cheek Color in Golden Rose, $5; avon.com, which adds a streak-free dewy finish. Hannah Morrill, Marie Claire, "These Are the Exact Products You Need for the Glowiest Skin of Your Life," 30 June 2016 For a lit-from-within glow, try Becca's primer and La Prairie's dewy-finish cover-up duo. Katie Becker, Harper's BAZAAR, "How To Get Gorgeous Skin at Every Age," 5 Oct. 2015 Winona Ryder’s abbreviated bangs and dewy coral lips in Edward Scissorhands make for a timeless dose of winter chic. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "12 Winter Beauty Ideas to Steal from Your Favorite Holiday Films," 24 Dec. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'dewy.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of dewy

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about dewy

Listen to Our Podcast about dewy

Dictionary Entries near dewy

dewtry

dew web

dew worm

dewy

dewy-eyed

dex

DEXA

Statistics for dewy

Last Updated

23 Apr 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for dewy

The first known use of dewy was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for dewy

dewy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of dewy

: wet with dew or with something like dew

dewy

adjective
\ ˈdü-ē How to pronounce dewy (audio) , ˈdyü-\
dewier; dewiest

Kids Definition of dewy

: moist with or as if with dew dewy grass dewy eyes

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on dewy

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with dewy

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for dewy

Spanish Central: Translation of dewy

Nglish: Translation of dewy for Spanish Speakers

Comments on dewy

What made you want to look up dewy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to affect and impair by alcohol or a drug

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!