\ 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 Gone are the days of her mousy brown hair (a wig worn by Witherspoon), now replaced by a shade of blonde that perfectly blends in with The Morning Show's sunshiny vibe. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 17 Sep. 2021 Staring back at my reflection, my hair is now very long and flat and my outgrown highlights have turned a dark, brassy blonde, revealing my natural mousy brown hair underneath. Amelia Bell,, 25 Aug. 2021 The story is of an opposites-attract romance: a WASP-y jock, Hubbell, who aspires to be a novelist, and a mousy, Jewish student radical, Katie, who refuses to bend her communist beliefs to fit in. Christina Newland, Vulture, 18 Aug. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 30 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of mousy

1812, in the meaning defined above

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24 Sep 2021

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“Mousy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mousy

: shy and quiet
: dull brown in color

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