variants or mousey
mousier; mousiest
: of, relating to, or resembling a mouse: such as
: grayish brown
mousily adverb
mousiness noun

Example Sentences

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 At 24, Eileen is a mousy shadow, a pale nonentity going through the motions of a life in circa-1964 Massachusetts. Leah Greenblatt,, 23 Jan. 2023 April Ludgate the bored intern on Parks and Recreation, Julie Powers the irritable frenemy in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and Seth Rogen's mousy love interest Daisy in Funny People. Hanna Lustig, Glamour, 27 Oct. 2022 Once, maybe twice a decade the mousy little genre of literary fiction is allowed a massive cultural moment that permeates society and makes an author a recognizable celebrity. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 21 Oct. 2022 Hiding behind a mousy pair of large glasses and a mane of snowy-white hair, Fonda’s Claire doesn’t exactly look like somebody with a vendetta. Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Sep. 2022 Ultimately, Cher was cast as Alex, a sculptor yearning for creative fulfillment, and Sarandon was cast as Jane, a mousy-haired music teacher. Hanna Lustig, Glamour, 9 Sep. 2022 Seydoux stars alongside Viggo Mortensen, who plays her brooding partner, Saul, and Kristen Stewart, who plays a mousy assistant at an organ registry, eager to learn more about the couple. Douglas Greenwood, Vogue, 26 May 2022 Boras sees each of Christie's characters in this story, from a glamorous princess and a beautiful countess to a brusque businessman and a mousy missionary, as a diamond. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 May 2022 The narrative has changed: Suddenly the unpopular girl is the queen bee, the underdog is the top dog, the mousy loser has become the shiny-haired winner. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 24 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1812, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mousy was in 1812

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Cite this Entry

“Mousy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


variants or mousey
mousier; mousiest
: of, relating to, or resembling a mouse: as
: dull in color : drab

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