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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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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
Definition of dewy for English Language Learners
: wet with dew or with something like dew
DEWY Defined for Kids
Definition of dewy for Students
: moist with or as if with dew dewy grass dewy eyes
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