variants or mousey
mousier; mousiest
: of, relating to, or resembling a mouse: such as
: grayish brown
mousily adverb
mousiness 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 But Denise’s story is effectively just thrown aside as the focus moves on to Denise’s supposedly mousy yet horny neighbor Nicole (Sanda Codreanu). Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 Anne Hathaway has never been better than in William Oldroyd's dark erotic thriller, playing a bewitching prison psychologist whose mousy colleague (Thomasin McKenzie) falls under her spell. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 27 Jan. 2023 Hailan Hu, a neuroscientist at the Zhejiang University School of Medicine, wanted to know what would happen in the brains of these mousy muckety-mucks when their pecking order was upended. Byemily Underwood,, 27 Jan. 2023 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1812, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mousy was in 1812

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“Mousy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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

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