\ ˈmē-lē How to pronounce mealy (audio) \
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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White mealy bug, green soft scales and tiny mites are just a few of the pest that may make your plant a home. Tom Maccubbin,, "Giving foliage plants a fresh spring start," 24 Apr. 2018 My usual afternoon apple habit has come to a halt after a string of biting into mealy apples (and immediately tossing into the garbage) over the past few weeks. Abby Cuffey, Woman's Day, "Snack Seasonally," 11 July 2011 The mealy paste that comes next to the watery tabbouleh on a mezze plate serves its purpose. Jonathan Gold,, "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,, "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,, "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

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First Known Use of mealy

1541, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of mealy

: feeling rough and dry in your mouth


\ ˈmē-lē How to pronounce mealy (audio) \
mealier; mealiest

Kids Definition of mealy

: soft, dry, and crumbly a mealy potato

Other Words from mealy

mealiness noun

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