\ ˈmi-stē How to pronounce misty (audio) \
mistier; mistiest

Definition of misty

1a : obscured by mist
b : consisting of or marked by mist
2a : indistinct a misty recollection of the event
b : vague, confused avoided the large, vague, misty issues— Reuben Abel
3 : tearful

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Other Words from misty

mistily \ ˈmi-​stə-​lē How to pronounce misty (audio) \ adverb
mistiness \ ˈmi-​stē-​nəs How to pronounce misty (audio) \ noun

Examples of misty in a Sentence

enjoyed the misty view of the thunderous falls from the deck of the sightseeing boat I've a misty understanding of the issue but not so much that I could vote intelligently.
Recent Examples on the Web For Barthes, what a photograph documents is gone for good, like that misty morning in Saint-Cloud, or it will be gone soon. Christoph Irmscher, WSJ, "‘See/Saw’ Review: Every Picture Tells a Story," 30 Apr. 2021 The most popular section of the park is Yosemite Valley, a jaw-droppingly gorgeous, glacially carved basin with towering, misty waterfalls and granite features like El Capitan and Half Dome soaring up from the forested floor. Emily Pennington, Travel + Leisure, "The 5 Best California National Parks, According to a Writer Who's Visited Them All," 30 Mar. 2021 After the mourners dispersed, Grégory pointed to the misty sky. Meg Bernhard, The New Yorker, "The Long Trip Home," 11 Apr. 2021 To no one’s surprise anymore, the SXP X-Line sets a fine table inside: open-pore wood trim, lustrous metal accents, quilt-pattern leather seat upholstery that would make grandma misty. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2021 Kia Sorento: Finally, an SUV That’s the Right Size for Families," 16 Dec. 2020 Marie remembered getting misty-eyed seeing the two of them dance to Boyz II Men at her wedding. BostonGlobe.com, "What we know about the victims of the Atlanta shootings," 21 Mar. 2021 Marie remembered getting misty-eyed seeing the two of them dance to Boyz II Men at her wedding. Anchorage Daily News, "What we know about the victims of the Atlanta shootings," 20 Mar. 2021 In this case, a group of university students goes to visit a misty island off the coast of Japan where a gruesome crime has recently occurred. Molly Young, Vulture, "The Decagon House Murders and 8 Other Reads I Can’t Get Out of My Head," 6 Mar. 2021 However, according to observations made by the National Weather Service, our Washington skies at both 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. on Saturday were foggy and misty, as a light rain fell. Washington Post, "There’s a full moon — the snow moon — but with clouds, it’s no moon," 28 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of misty

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Misty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misty. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of misty

: full of mist
: not clearly seen or remembered


\ ˈmi-stē How to pronounce misty (audio) \
mistier; mistiest

Kids Definition of misty

1 : full of very tiny drops of water a misty valley
2 : clouded by tears I looked at the photo through misty eyes.
3 : vague sense 3, indistinct a misty memory

Other Words from misty

mistily \ -​stə-​lē \ adverb

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