mossier; mossiest
1
: resembling moss
2
: covered with moss or something like moss
3
: antiquated
the mossy precepts of the … prescriptive grammariansThomas Pyles

Example Sentences

mossy rules of etiquette that date from the Victorian era
Recent Examples on the Web Poundbury looks weathered and mossy, like a lot of England. William Booth, Washington Post, 2 May 2023 Those who were tuned in to The Last of Us series will recognize this trend, which sees design not just take cues from nature (hello, mushroom craze!) but become swallowed up by it, à la the mossy, postapocalyptic buildings from the hit HBO show. ELLE Decor, 28 Apr. 2023 The property is a natural marvel, carved out with mossy stone paths studded with tall trees and lit by candles at night. Sophie Dodd, Travel + Leisure, 16 Apr. 2023 One favorite is 'Quatre Saisons Blanc Mousseux' (Four Seasons White Moss), a Damask rose with mossy growth over the stems, foliage, and flower buds. Benjamin Whitacre, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 Mar. 2023 In 2021, the millennial beauty brand Glossier opened a store in Seattle that had, as its centerpiece, an Instagram-friendly, mossy sculpture with colorful mushrooms sprouting out of it. Anna Kodé, New York Times, 24 Mar. 2023 In the guest room, tree branches anchor the Urban Forge Sapling bed and a mossy rug contributes to the outdoorsy theme. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 21 Mar. 2023 The paintings are rendered in a pink scale so that everything appears to come through a filter of mossy mist, lending them a formal stillness and a new sense of confidence. Vulture, 20 Mar. 2023 The soft hue looks great paired with a darker cream trim as well as a mix of natural materials including ticking stripe linens and a mossy green velvet pillow. Jennifer Kopf, Country Living, 22 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mossy was in the 15th century

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“Mossy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mossy. Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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