\ 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

Other Words from dewy

dewily \ ˈdü-​ə-​lē How to pronounce dewy (audio) , ˈdyü-​ \ adverb
dewiness \ ˈdü-​ē-​nəs How to pronounce dewy (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.

Examples of dewy in a Sentence

another version of the story of the dewy small-town girl hoping to make it big on Broadway
Recent Examples on the Web King suggests avoiding mattifying formulations and opting for cream or lotion formulations, which are typically more dewy and moisturizing than powder ones. Casey Clark, SELF, 6 June 2022 This botanical powerhouse locks in moisture after your skin is clean and leaves you with soft, dewy skin. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 May 2022 Her simple pig vulva has become full and dewy, a clean point of expectant flesh. Claire Messud, Harper’s Magazine , 25 May 2022 Since then, her beauty style has remained dewy, barely there and all about the skin. ELLE, 24 May 2022 This cream blush, housed in a handy refillable compact, leaves a plush, dewy tint on cheeks and lips in hues from pink to peach and berry. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, 26 Apr. 2022 On April 4th, Thee Stallion posted a selfie on her Instagram showcasing her clear and dewy skin. Emerald Elitou, Essence, 25 Apr. 2022 With additional aromas and flavors of ripe white peaches, papaya and the smell of a dewy lawn in springtime, this wine will be right at home with everything from Mother’s Day brunch to the Primus show at Edgefield in June. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 18 Apr. 2022 It's also packed with nourishing shea butter and hydrating avocado oil, which means a pigment-rich, dewy effect is yours for the taking. Jennifer Chan,, 29 Mar. 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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\ 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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