\ 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
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
Recent Examples on the Web No longer should that industry be given a get-out-of-jail-free card on its mealy-mouthed greenwashing. Lydia Millet, The New Republic, "Why Biden Should Declare a Climate Emergency," 7 Dec. 2020 When voters grow tired of mealy-mouthed politicians and wasteful bureaucracy, the allure of a pragmatic, efficient, no-nonsense executive in the Oval Office is strong. Washington Post, "How Trump has turned the presidency into an arm of his own business," 16 Oct. 2020 Although the fries are reasonably crisp, their insides are mealy and bland in a way that fresh-cut potatoes almost certainly would not be. New York Times, "Peter Luger Used to Sizzle. Now It Sputters.," 29 Oct. 2019 Nevermind the fruit underneath is mealy and bland—the exterior is cute, and cute sells. Popular Science, "Make the most out of the latest, greatest apple—the Cosmic Crisp," 10 Feb. 2020 While some insisted on steaming, boiling or baking russet potatoes for their dry, mealy texture, other gnocchi experts preferred the buttery texture and superior flavor of Yukon Gold potatoes. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Taking the gnocchi challenge," 1 Oct. 2019 Money tree plants can also attract pests like aphids and mealy bugs, but not to worry—Epic Gardening suggests applying neem oil to the soil to repel any pests, and removing aphids with water. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Here's How to Care for a Money Tree (and Never Kill One Again)," 20 Dec. 2019 Later, Shelby is again confronted by Beebe, whose mealy-mouthed bureaucratic jargon and weaselly chicanery inflects the entire drama. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Airbrushed Racing History of “Ford v Ferrari”," 19 Nov. 2019 The dreaded three are aphids, mealy bugs and mites. oregonlive, "The key to healthy houseplants? Location, location, location," 11 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of mealy

1541, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Mealy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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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