mousy

adjective
\ˈmau̇-sē, -zē\
variants: or mousey
mousier; mousiest

Definition of mousy 

: of, relating to, or resembling a mouse: such as

a : quiet, stealthy

b : timid, retiring

c : grayish brown

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Other Words from mousy

mousily \ -​sə-​lē , -​zə-​ \ adverb
mousiness \ -​sē-​nəs , -​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

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Ruth has to play the villainous Zoya The Destroyer because, with her mousy brown waves and feminist rhetoric, no decision-maker in 1980s Los Angeles wants to see her as a lead. refinery29.com, "Glow Season 2 Review: There’s No Sophomore Slump Here," 21 June 2018 Such is the challenge now facing Jenna Fischer (who broke through as mousy receptionist Pam on The Office) and Zach Braff (who made a name for himself as the goofy J.D. on Scrubs before taking a hard left turn into introspective mumblecore). Caroline Framke, Vox, "Zach Braff and Jenna Fischer return to TV in 2 new ABC comedies. Only 1 works.," 28 Mar. 2018 My hair is naturally mousy brown and flatter than the state of Kansas. Anne Roderique-jones, SELF, "8 Products That Added Legit Volume to My Fine, Limp Hair," 21 Mar. 2018 Charlie Hunnam famously backed out after originally being cast as Christian opposite Johnson, who secured the role of the mousy, innocent Ana. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "'Fifty Shades Freed' is my personal bad place," 8 Feb. 2018 The singer favored simple white dresses, didn’t subscribe to the fashion for tight corseting, and rarely did more with her mousy brown hair than tie it in a gentle braided up-do. Betsy Golden Kellem, HWD, "The Greatest Showman: The True Story of P.T. Barnum and Jenny Lind," 22 Dec. 2017 Abbi’s on the lookout for a bestie much in the way that another show’s version of her mousy-millennial archetype might be on the lookout for a boyfriend. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Darkness on the Edge of Broad City," 13 Sep. 2017 Either the lovers discover their true affinity through their intelligence and humor or, as mousy Jane does with fierce Mr. Rochester, the heroine tames her man by helping cure him of his anger, depression, self-loathing, trauma. Robert Gottlieb, New York Times, "A Roundup of the Season’s Romance Novels," 26 Sep. 2017 As played by Stone, King is somewhat mousy and shy in private, and even-handed and friendly in public. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Battle of the Sexes Is a Breezy Crowd-Pleaser," 21 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of mousy

1812, in the meaning defined above

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Dictionary Entries near mousy

moustachial

moustachio

Mousterian

mousy

mout

moutan

mouth

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mousy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of mousy

: shy and quiet

of hair : dull brown in color

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