\ ˈfil-mē How to pronounce filmy (audio) \
filmier; filmiest

Definition of filmy

1 : of, resembling, or composed of film : gauzy filmy draperies
2 : covered with a haze or film

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Other Words from filmy

filmily \ ˈfil-​mə-​lē How to pronounce filmy (audio) \ adverb
filminess \ ˈfil-​mē-​nəs How to pronounce filmy (audio) \ noun

Examples of filmy in a Sentence

filmy cobwebs covering the entryway to the cellar those filmy curtains don't block out enough light
Recent Examples on the Web But the textures were a major drag for others: After a few sips, tasters detected the drink left a filmy coating on the roofs of their mouths. Washington Post, 13 May 2021 For silver that is dull, filmy, or not yet discolored, mix a few drops of mild dish soap with warm water and dip in a soft cloth. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 21 Jan. 2021 Dressed in a filmy gown slit up the sides, Yee performed her dance to live music, in a style that could be described as just short of a striptease. Taylor Kate Brown,, 26 Aug. 2020 Then those eyes flashed brightly through their filmy heaviness, before the remainder of her face was well awake. Tim Parks, The New York Review of Books, 10 July 2020 For any type of stone, however, slathering on sanitizer can leave a filmy residue on the ring's surface that dulls its sparkle. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 July 2020 Posen also designed Princess Eugenie’s filmy, blush-toned wedding reception gown for her 2018 nuptials. Washington Post, 2 Nov. 2019 Just don’t use more than what’s recommended in your user guide: That’ll leave a filmy residue on your fancy glassware. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 10 Apr. 2020 Meanwhile the social constraints that serve here as Cain’s artistic ones also feel too filmy and indistinct to sustain the requisite tension. Lidija Haas, Harper's magazine, 20 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of filmy

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 May 2021

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“Filmy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of filmy

: very thin and light


\ ˈfil-mē How to pronounce filmy (audio) \
filmier; filmiest

Kids Definition of filmy

: very thin and light filmy curtains

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