\ 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

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 American, British, and European leverage is largely absent in Kazakhstan, as the mealy-mouthed statements issued by the White House thus far indicate. Casey Michel, The New Republic, 12 Jan. 2022 Most of the larger tomatoes available in grocery stores have an insipid flavor and mealy texture. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 12 Jan. 2022 This in contrast to the sour, mealy-mouthed assessment of the OSCE and US State Department (however accurate). Melik Kaylan, Forbes, 3 Nov. 2021 Pears that are allowed to become too mature or to ripen on the tree develop a coarse, mealy texture and often have core breakdown. oregonlive, 2 Oct. 2021 But, like Kevin McCarthy, the US House minority leader whose initial strong words about the Jan. 6 insurrection in Washington gave way to mealy-mouthed platitudes, Sununu’s criticism softened later in the day., 30 Sep. 2021 Physical damage to the produce can look like pitting and scarring or a mealy texture, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Emma Stein, Detroit Free Press, 17 Sep. 2021 These tiny tomatoes will be sweet and juicy any time of year, unlike larger out-of-season varieties like beefsteak, which can have a mealy texture out of season. Casey Barber, CNN, 10 Sep. 2021 If left to ripen on the tree, the flesh becomes mealy. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, 4 Sep. 2021

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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 22 Jan. 2022.

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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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