\ 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 filmily (audio) \ adverb
filminess \ ˈfil-​mē-​nəs How to pronounce filminess (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

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While over-the-top dressing is pretty much a prerequisite for attending Couture Week, this John Doe’s dramatic gown—made in a filmy material with puffy sleeves and a full, floor-length skirt—was just undeniably fun and next-level. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Who Was the Fabulous Mystery Man at Valentino’s Couture Show?," 24 Jan. 2019 For items that are dull, filmy, or just starting to discolor, mix a few drops of mild dish soap with warm water and dip in a soft cloth. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Silver and Prevent Tarnish," 20 Nov. 2018 To modern eyes, Marie Antoinette looks pretty and natural in her filmy dress. Nancy Mcdonell, WSJ, "The Surprisingly Rich History of Women’s Underwear as Outerwear," 13 Nov. 2018 Romance made razor-sharp has long defined the Preen by Thornton Bregazzi runway in London, with Victorian influences made current by way of borrowed-from-the-boys silhouettes finished in filmy layers and ample ruffles. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The New Bedhead is Bohemian and Braided, According to This London Runway," 16 Sep. 2018 Just Joined the Ranks of Ready-to-Wear Dion’s Lee’s sleek Spring collection was swathed in filmy lace. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "6 Beauty Moments That Ruled the New York Runways This Weekend," 10 Sep. 2018 It's also found in the filmy coating created by some face masks and peels. Allure, "The Skin-Care Glossary: A Comprehensive Guide to Everything You Need to Know," 17 Aug. 2018 Pothos vines drape like filmy curtains over windows, and potted ferns double as bookends in her 1,200-square-foot apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, which accommodates 700 plants. Michelle Slatalla, WSJ, "Plant Swaps: The Cheap Way to Score Rare Houseplants," 7 June 2018 Delicate gestures offset bold ones, even in the materials, including gold thread that darts across the canvas and filmy strips of painted silk. Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle, "Art Daybook: " … and still we banter with the Devil" by Lien Truong," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of filmy

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of filmy was in 1604

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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