\ 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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The castle is wallpapered with misty medieval themes, many from the operas of Ludwig's friend, Richard Wagner. Rick Steves, USA TODAY, "European royalty's most over-the-top summer retreats, from Versailles to Neuschwanstein," 8 July 2019 Here was interim board chair Tom Ritter, introducing the Big East resolution and in party mode over the move, talking about Dave Gavitt and John Toner probably being misty-eyed high-fiving somewhere. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: UConn’s official move to the Big East finally opens the door for questions to be answered," 27 June 2019 Its strategies include events that bring together students, parents, public health officials and even former users, as happened on a misty morning last month at Olathe. Jennifer Oldham, Anchorage Daily News, "In first states to legalize pot, teen use triggers concerns," 17 June 2019 On a misty autumn morning in Australia’s Royal National Park, just south of Sydney, a peloton of nearly two dozen cyclists tackles a 3,740-foot ascent. Cathryn Jakobson Ramin, Discover Magazine, "These Researchers Think We Can Retrain Our Brains to Tame Chronic Pain," 30 May 2019 Explore inland jungles and volcanic wonders in every way possible: soaring on a zip line, riding on horseback, and hiking misty trails. National Geographic, "Costa Rica Family Journey: From Rainforest to Coast," 12 June 2019 The mornings are cool, usually with misty coastal fog. Bon Appétit, "Wine Tasting, Decoded," 12 June 2019 Some miles out to sea, beyond an old breakwater, the misty spouts of whales make rare and treasured appearances. James R. Carroll, USA TODAY, "Cape Ann, Massachusetts: A charming alternative to Cape Cod with sandy beaches and fried clams," 3 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of misty

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

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The first known use of misty was before the 12th century

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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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