mealier; mealiest
: containing meal : farinaceous
: soft, dry, and friable
: covered with meal or with fine granules
: flecked with another color
: 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 The peanuts were more mealy than buttery. Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, 19 Aug. 2020 Our first trip to the grocery store just to buy a watermelon was thrilling, even if the fruit was mealy. Stephanie Atlan, ELLE, 19 Jan. 2023 Starchy, mealy-textured potatoes give gnocchi a lite and tender bite. Bhg Test Kitchen, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Nov. 2022 Cold temperatures kill flavor and cause tomatoes to develop a mealy texture. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Sep. 2022 Canned olives won’t work in this dish — their texture is mealy and soft, and their flavor tends to be weak and watery., 3 Nov. 2021 Creaminess, granted by the mealy texture of russet potatoes, is important; and the outside should be taut and golden. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Apr. 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1541, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of mealy was in 1541

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Cite this Entry

“Mealy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


mealier; mealiest
: containing meal
: being soft, dry, and crumbly
: covered with fine grains or with flecks (as of color)

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