sil·​very ˈsil-v(ə-)rē How to pronounce silvery (audio)
: having the luster of silver
: having a soft high clear musical tone
a silvery voice
: containing or consisting of silver
silveriness noun

Examples of silvery in a Sentence

a pond full of silvery fish a dress of silvery gray silk Silvery light reflected off the water. The violinist played with a bright, silvery tone. a singer with a beautiful silvery voice
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of silvery was in the 14th century

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“Silvery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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sil·​very ˈsilv-(ə-)rē How to pronounce silvery (audio)
: having a shine like silver
: containing or consisting of silver

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