mealy

adjective
\ ˈmē-lē \
mealier; mealiest

Definition of mealy 

1 : containing meal : farinaceous

2 : soft, dry, and friable

3a : covered with meal or with fine granules

b : flecked with another color

c : spotty, uneven

d : pallid, blanched a mealy complexion

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Examples of mealy in a Sentence

the mealy flesh of a pear her mealy complexion might be OK if she were a mime, but she isn't

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The mealy paste that comes next to the watery tabbouleh on a mezze plate serves its purpose. Jonathan Gold, latimes.com, "At Middle Eastern restaurants, it all starts with hummus. Jonathan Gold says Bavel's is magnificent," 15 June 2018 Their couples — sisters Melissa and Michele, who live next door to each other with their husbands — exude a mealy ordinariness. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "On ‘Jersey Shore Family Vacation’ and ‘Trading Spaces,’ Reality TV Eats Itself," 4 Apr. 2018 Salvias There are several, but the most common blue annual types are selections of Salvia farinacea, mealy cup sage. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Summertime blues are a good thing when it comes to these 'cooling' plants," 28 June 2018 Issued a mealy-mouthed statement about insufficient metrics to assess its effectiveness. Mark Zeigler, sandiegouniontribune.com, "What's changed since U.S. failed to qualify for 2018 World Cup? Sadly, nothing," 11 June 2018 The specific scenarios ran the gamut from biting into a mealy apple to seeing mites in a child’s hair. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "Why Women Find Sex More ‘Disgusting’ Than Men," 5 June 2018 The men who offered mealy-mouthed rebukes of Harvey Weinstein’s behavior did so with full knowledge that the invocation of their paternal love could stand in for a more robust response. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Trumpian Dissonance of Kanye West's ‘Violent Crimes’," 1 June 2018 Yet on Twitter, there is only mealy-mouthed dithering over free speech, followed by haphazard censorship and the inevitable apologies. Nick Bilton, The Hive, "“It’s Not Up to Us What People Say”: Why We Can’t Bet on Silicon Valley to Save Us from Ourselves," 1 June 2018 Do any of these jokers have an inkling of how posterity will view this week’s videos of them skulking away from reporters in the Capitol’s corridors or making mealy-mouth statements while staring down at the floor? Frank Rich, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Jerusalem Horror Show," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of mealy

1541, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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More Definitions for mealy

mealy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of mealy

: feeling rough and dry in your mouth

mealy

adjective
\ ˈmē-lē \
mealier; mealiest

Kids Definition of mealy

: soft, dry, and crumbly a mealy potato

Other words from mealy

mealiness noun

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