dewy

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adjective \ˈdü-ē also ˈdyü-\

Definition of dewy

dewier

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dewiest

  1. 1 :  moist with, affected by, or suggestive of dew dewy grass

  2. 2 :  innocent, unsophisticated from a dewy bride to an ill-mannered, murderous courtesan — Melvin Gussow

dewily

play \ˈdü-ə-lē, ˈdyü-\ adverb

dewiness

play \ˈdü-ē-nəs, ˈdyü-\ noun

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Examples of dewy in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples of dewy from the Web

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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.

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of dewy

before 12th century


DEWY Defined for English Language Learners

dewy

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adjective

Definition of dewy for English Language Learners

  • : wet with dew or with something like dew


DEWY Defined for Kids

dewy

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adjective \ˈdü-ē, ˈdyü-\

Definition of dewy for Students

dewier

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dewiest

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



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