\ ˈmau̇-sē How to pronounce mousy (audio) , -zē \
variants: or mousey
mousier; mousiest

Definition of mousy

: of, relating to, or resembling a mouse: such as
c : grayish brown

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Other Words from mousy

mousily \ ˈmau-​sə-​lē How to pronounce mousy (audio) , -​zə-​ \ adverb
mousiness \ ˈmau-​sē-​nəs How to pronounce mousy (audio) , -​zē-​ \ noun

Examples of mousy in a Sentence

The movie is a fantasy about a mousy housewife who is transformed into a glamorous star. a mousy little girl who hid behind her mother the entire time we were there
Recent Examples on the Web In Shadow and Bone, Alina is depicted as plain (if not homely), with mousy brown hair and pale, sallow skin. Lauren Puckett, Harper's BAZAAR, "Netflix’s Shadow and Bone Gives Leigh Bardugo’s Books a Glittering Upgrade," 30 Apr. 2021 The promise of a starring role for the great Bob Odenkirk as a mousy man with … skills just ups the ante. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "Bob Odenkirk as a mousy man with a secret set of skills is the best thing about 'Nobody'," 22 Mar. 2021 At least Amanda is curious, which is more than most people seem to be about the mousy Maud. Lindsey Bahr, Star Tribune, "Review: In 'Saint Maud,' is a visceral psychological horror," 2 Feb. 2021 Diana’s mousy Smithsonian co-worker, Barbara Minerva (played by Kristen Wiig) first discovers the power of one of these artifacts, something called the Dream Stone. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Review: ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ is a dismal step backward for DC’s iconic superheroine," 25 Dec. 2020 Ken, the third character, is a mousy mortuary attendant who claims to have psychic powers and offers his services to the skeptical Joe. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "‘Haunting Julia’ Review: More Than a Ghost Story," 30 Dec. 2020 In the mousy United Nations, there’s a representative from Vienna … but also one from Austria. Dewayne Bevil,, "Disney Plus review: Riding with ‘The Rescuers’," 28 Aug. 2020 But for how long can Democrats keep this building fast, friendly and mousy? Alex Burness, The Denver Post, "The Spot: A “fast, friendly, mousy” end to legislative session? That hinges on vaccine bill," 28 May 2020 Don DeLillo said, squinting at the sun, squinting at the mousy bird. Emma Cline, The New Yorker, "White Noise," 1 June 2020

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First Known Use of mousy

1812, in the meaning defined above

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15 May 2021

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“Mousy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mousy

: shy and quiet
of hair : dull brown in color

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