\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.

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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The new, dewier formula sinks in quickly for a lasting silky feeling. The Cut, "How to Get the Most Out of Your Serum," 13 July 2018 Made with luxurious oils and waxes to give your skin that dewy post-facial glow. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Lush Is Launching 40 Shades of Foundation — But There's a Catch," 26 June 2018 The almost-foundation promises a dewy glow that evens out the skin without coating it. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Glossier Is Changing Its Fan-Favorite Foundation," 7 June 2018 Her skin looked dewy and natural, with a smattering of faux freckles clearly visible. Karina Hoshikawa, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Wears Loose Blonde Hair for British Vogue Cover," 4 June 2018 Each of the solo covers is shot close-up, with Ashley and Paloma both floating in a swimming pool while sporting shimmery copper smokey eye makeup, dewy skin, dramatic earrings, and stacks of blingy diamond necklaces. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Ashley Graham and Paloma Elsesser Cover "Vogue" Arabia's "Body Revolution" Issue," 29 June 2018 Ever since the now-Duchess of Sussex walked down the aisle, the beauty world—and yours truly—has been obsessed with recreating her dewy skin and smoky eyes. Ruby Buddemeyer, Marie Claire, "This Beauty Vlogger Just Recreated Meghan Markle's Wedding Day Makeup," 18 June 2018 The one thing that has happened, which is a fabulous thing, is nobody’s dewy-eyed anymore. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Business management expert and author Tom Peters on Recode Decode," 7 July 2018 On the right, she’s pictured after using a full-coverage foundation, looking a touch flushed but otherwise fresh-faced and dewy., "Why You Should Never, Ever Cover Up A Sunburn With Foundation," 29 June 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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