\ˈmis-tē \
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 \-​tə-​lē \ adverb
mistiness \-​tē-​nəs \ 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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Still, Skaife is obsessive in his care of the birds, who are now celebrities, regardless of the misty myths. William Booth, The Seattle Times, "The secrets of the royal ravenmaster at the Tower of London," 26 Oct. 2018 The owners wanted a striking facade that was expressive but not showy, so the architects came up with the idea of a gradient paint job meant to evoke a house in the misty countryside. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Modern home stands out with gradient facade," 5 Nov. 2018 McCain was misty-eyed upon her return to the daytime talk show but largely kept it together. David Bauder, The Seattle Times, "Meghan McCain makes tearful return to ‘The View’," 8 Oct. 2018 Hydroponics involves delivering water and nutrients to plant roots using liquid solutions, and with aeroponics, plants are grown in a misty air environment. Loren Grush, The Verge, "How NASA is learning to grow plants in space and on other worlds," 21 Sep. 2018 More than 100,000 mostly ethnic Karen refugees from Burma - many Christians among them - are crammed into nine camps set out in isolated, misty hills of jungle terrian inside the border of Thailand. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Burma's Karen refugees face dwindling aid, struggle with depression and suicides," 15 Aug. 2018 On a recent cool night in a misty rain, Mr. Takairangi and some of his friends were looking for somewhere to spend the night. New York Times, "As Housing Prices Soar, New Zealand Tackles a Surge in Homelessness," 22 June 2018 His 89-yard TD punt return on a misty, foggy Halloween night in 1959 provided the margin of victory in the No. Brody Miller, NOLA.com, "LSU infielder Josh Smith shut down for the rest of the season," 20 May 2018 His eyes were misty, which immediately brought her own eyes to water up a bit. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Alyson Stoner Releases "Who Do You Love" and Opens Up About Life Since Coming Out," 8 June 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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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 \
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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