1
: having tearful eyes
2
: dreamy, sentimental
misty-eyed recollections

Examples of misty-eyed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even in rehearsals with Niall Horan fill-ins Dan and Shay and the season's Mega-Mentor Wynonna Judd, people were getting misty-eyed over this trio of songs. EW.com, 14 Nov. 2023 Justice O’Connor was visibly misty-eyed during the ceremony at which Justice Ginsburg took the judicial oath. Linda Greenhouse, New York Times, 1 Dec. 2023 Campers on the Mall interviewed by The Washington Post tended to speak politely of Charles but without the same misty-eyed devotion people had toward his mother. Karla Adam, Washington Post, 5 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of misty-eyed was in 1895

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“Misty-eyed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misty-eyed. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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