\ 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

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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

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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.

Examples of dewy in a Sentence

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

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My foundation ranges from Vapour Organic Beauty Atmosphere Luminous Foundation ($46) to the Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation in Dawn ($40); both have a beautiful natural, dewy look. Glamour, "I’m 25, Live in L.A., and Spend $3,124 on My Beauty Routine," 15 Apr. 2019 Makeup artist Monika Blunder and hair stylist Clariss Anya Rubenstein created a modern, dewy beauty look, working with Chan’s stylist, Rebecca Corbin-Murray. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Gemma Chan’s Golden Globes Debut Took $500,000 Worth of Diamonds and an Angelina Jolie Slit," 8 Jan. 2019 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;, 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

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First Known Use of dewy

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

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English Language Learners Definition of dewy

: wet with dew or with something like dew


\ 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

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