\ 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.

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another version of the story of the dewy small-town girl hoping to make it big on Broadway
Recent Examples on the Web That warmth carried over to the blush on her cheeks, and her skin had a dewy glow. Marci Robin, Allure, "Meghan Markle Gave the Super-Long, Low Ponytail Trend a Royal Upgrade," 6 Mar. 2020 Toners are an important part of the skin-care equation, especially if your end goal is dewy, luminous skin. Audrey Noble, Allure, "The Best Toners for Every Skin Type," 16 Mar. 2020 Inspired by Queen Isabelle of Hungary’s famous youthful elixir, the 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 2020," 24 Dec. 2019 Studies are cited, and there are lots of cuts to Paltrow in her pastel-pink office chair, meticulously outfitted and dewy-skinned, pitching softball questions to eager experts. Amanda Shapiro, Bon Appétit, "Hating Goop Is Not a Personality," 30 Jan. 2020 Moisturizing facial serum $60 My face has the sort of dewy glow that makes strangers on the street stop and compliment me. Dana Schwartz, The New Yorker, "A List of Purchases That Changed My Life Exactly How I Imagined They Would," 26 Dec. 2019 Shahidi, who rocked natural curls and dewy skin for the shoot, also spoke about diversity — or lack thereof — in the beauty industry. Hanna Flanagan, PEOPLE.com, "Yara Shahidi Shares Makeup-Free Selfie with Empowering Message About Embracing Her Blemishes," 19 Nov. 2019 Prepare for dewy skin that’ll keep you glowing all season. Asia Milia Ware, Teen Vogue, "The Moisturizer Kim Kardashian’s Makeup Artist Swears By Lives Up To The Hype," 19 Apr. 2019 Glossier: Through December 2, stock up on your favorite dewy makeup at Glossier. Staff, CNN Underscored, "Cyber Monday 2019: 100+ of the best deals you can start shopping now," 1 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of dewy

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

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“Dewy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dewy. Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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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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