\ ˈdü-ē 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 , ˈdyü-​ \ adverb
dewiness \ ˈdü-​ē-​nəs , 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.

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

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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 With Nam Vo's precision powdering tips, your skin is sure to look less like a pancake and more like a perfectly dewy dumpling. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Why You Should Always Apply Setting Powder With a Small Brush," 9 Nov. 2018 Charlotte then continued the beauty prep with the addition of Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow ($55) to give the models' skin a dewy radiance. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Charlotte Tilbury Shared the Makeup Used in This Year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show," 8 Nov. 2018 To use, just massage a few drops over your clean, dry skin, then apply your moisturizer on top like usual, and reap the dewy results. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "The 5 Truly Brilliant Beauty Products I'm Loving This Week," 26 Sep. 2018 Inspired by Queen Isabelle of Hungary’s famous youthful elixir, this makeup-artist favorite imparts a dewy, supple glow with toning rose extract and rosemary essential oil, as well as a refreshing zing with astringent mint. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "How to Turn Your Desk Into the Ultimate Self-Care Station in 2019," 12 Dec. 2018 The mousse absorbs within seconds of rubbing it in, and leaves behind a wet, dewy sheen. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Laneige's New Moisturizer Looks Like Whipped Cream for Your Face," 28 Sep. 2018 To look like a video model circa 2001 — at least to me — means perfect, dewy skin, a nude lip punctuated by dark lip liner, and warm tones to highlight the cheeks. Jasmine Sanders, The Cut, "How to Look Perfect in the Summer," 21 June 2018 Earlier this month, the Riverdale star showed up at the People’s Choice Awards wearing Eos Lip Balm as blush for a perfect dewy glow. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Camila Mendes Blends Makeup With a Pancake in Cole Sprouse's Instagram Story," 17 Nov. 2018

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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, ˈdyü-\
dewier; dewiest

Kids Definition of dewy

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

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