\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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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 Ambrosius brought her soulful A-game, and the crowd at Los Angeles' Microsoft Theater responded: Baker was misty-eyed through much of it, and others on camera, like Donald Glover, couldn't help but sing along. Chris Payne, Billboard, "Marsha Ambrosius Salutes Anita Baker, Delivers Poignant 'Caught Up In the Rapture' BET Awards Cover," 24 June 2018 Without getting misty-eyed, down this road lies turning the national pastime into jai alai. Holman Jenkins, WSJ, "Gambling Is Coming, So Get Ready to Hate Sports," 18 May 2018 Snow-haired and perpetually misty-eyed, Long, who turns 91 in August, bowed his head graciously in reply from a podium. Oren Peleg, Jewish Journal, "Surviving flight crew member who saved Yemenite Jews honored," 13 June 2018 Davis recommends waterproof makeup formulas for her clients who get misty-eyed. Jessica Cruel, SELF, "9 Makeup Tips for People Whose Eyes Water All the Time," 20 June 2018 Owner Ted Leonsis shuffled around the ice, misty-eyed and snapping selfies to memorialize Washington’s first major pro sports title since 1992. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "First Capitals Cup crystallizes end of D.C. drought," 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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get (all) misty

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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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evasion of direct action or statement

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