\ 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 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 Some chefs say only russet potatoes will do with their drier and fluffier texture, while others swear that Yukon Gold potatoes have a better flavor, are less mealy, and more closely resemble the potatoes cooks use in Italy. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Taking the gnocchi challenge," 1 Oct. 2019 But Zuckerberg’s mealy-mouthed non-answers to complex, critical questions continue to underscore the notion that the man and his company are evading responsibility while embracing profits. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Note to Mark Zuckerberg: You can’t do damage control without giving straight answers," 22 Oct. 2019 Many peaches are mealy and bland, picked too early and shipped for miles and miles, just to sit on grocery store shelves. Kate Heddings, Washington Post, "How one couple made it cool to wait in line for 25-pound boxes of perfect summer peaches," 11 July 2019 Get control of the mealy bug infestation with a natural insecticidal soap or horticultural oil spray, following label instructions. Tom Maccubbin,, "Easter lily bulbs can be left in container or transplanted," 29 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of mealy

1541, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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3 Dec 2019

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“Mealy.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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How to pronounce mealy (audio)

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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