\ 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 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, 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 This product is all about giving your eyelids a dewy pop of color that will last all day. Sarai Thompson, CNN Underscored, "The Lip Bar’s vegan, WFH-friendly products are now available at Walmart," 9 Mar. 2021 Preventing dry skin is the first step to healthy, dewy skin. Laura Wheatman Hill,, "How to get rid of dry skin," 2 Mar. 2021 Vitamin C and Organic Licorice Extract help promote a more even and bright tone, and Sweet Almond Oil, Squalane, and Hyaluronic Acid deeply hydrate for a more refined and dewy complexion. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, "Understanding Skincare That Will Make Your Feel Good Inside And Out.," 1 Mar. 2021 Her favorite is the Pro Filt’r Hydrating Foundation, which gives skin a nice, dewy effect when applied with a damp sponge. Jacqueline Kilikita,, "7 Simple Makeup Tricks That Give Rihanna Her Glow, According To Her Artist," 9 Feb. 2021 Plenty of non-dewy base products deliver a flawless finish, stave off shine all day, and disguise blemishes. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, "The 11 Best Matte Foundations for a Smooth, Shine-Free Finish," 3 Jan. 2021 This bundle includes a Hyaluronic Acid Booster for the ultimate dose of hydration, a BHA 9 Treatment for exfoliation purposes, and a Water-Infusing Electrolyte Moisturizer for a soft, dewy complexion. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, "23 Post-Christmas Beauty Sales to Shop Before the End of the Year," 26 Dec. 2020 This foundation is perfect the person who still wants their skin to look natural and dewy. Akili King, Vogue, "15 of the Best Foundations for Dry Skin to Try This Winter," 9 Dec. 2020 Showing off nothing by skin, Lopez opts for an au naturel beauty look as well: fresh and dewy makeup with wet and wavy tresses. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "In Case You Missed It, J.Lo Just Posted an Ultra-Sexy Video of Her Bare-Naked Body on Instagram," 24 Nov. 2020

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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 16 May. 2021.

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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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