\ 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 mistily (audio) \ adverb
mistiness \ ˈmi-​stē-​nəs How to pronounce mistiness (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.

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In hockey, even the slow drizzle or misty mornings that permeate our outdoors in non-summer months can wreak serious havoc on ice surfaces and pose a safety hazard to players. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Outdoor NHL game in Seattle? As good a chance as the new team being named ‘Kraken’," 14 Jan. 2019 Read the full letter, below, and try not to get a little misty eyed. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Miley Cyrus Wrote Liam Hemsworth a Sweet Love Letter for His Birthday," 14 Jan. 2019 The subway is running without rerouting or delays, so clearly this must be some misty long ago. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Dutch Masters,’ Subway Seatmates, So Close and Yet So Far," 10 Apr. 2018 The Light Station dates back to 1874, when it was built to help sailors navigate the misty waters surrounding one of California’s largest cities. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Need a Fresh Start in 2019? California Has an Opening for a Lighthouse Keeper," 8 Jan. 2019 This is a series full of foreboding, suspense, and bloody battle sequences, all set against a slate gray landscape of misty downs, teeming with predators and studded with barbed wire. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Netflix’s Watership Down Is Not (Really) for Kids—And That’s a Good Thing," 22 Dec. 2018 Mountain gorillas live in lush and misty forests along a range of dormant volcanoes in east Africa. Christina Larson, The Seattle Times, "Rare conservation win: Mountain gorilla population ticks up," 14 Nov. 2018 The landscapes are delicate, with mountains receding into misty distances. William Meyers, WSJ, "What to Give: Books About Photography," 15 Nov. 2018 The verdant, misty forest is broken only by a few stubby, brown rivers draining into the ocean and a narrow ribbon of auburn shoreline. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "As the SpaceX steamroller surges, European rocket industry vows to resist," 20 July 2018

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First Known Use of misty

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

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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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