sil·​very | \ˈsil-v(ə-)rē \

Definition of silvery 

1 : having the luster of silver

2 : having a soft high clear musical tone a silvery voice

3 : containing or consisting of silver

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Other Words from silvery

silveriness noun

Synonyms for silvery


argentine, gray (also grey), grayish, leaden, pewter, silver, slate, slaty (also slatey), steely

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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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After swatching the eye shadows, Jenner moved on to the Mini Highlighter Palette, which contains four shimmery shades called No New Friends, Inseparable, Best Life, and Together Forever — all metallic powders in golden and silvery tones. Marci Robin, Allure, "Kylie Jenner Reveals the Entire Kylie x Jordyn Makeup Collection, Launching September 21," 15 Sep. 2018 Most-actively traded futures contracts of the silvery-white material slid 5.2% Monday, the steepest one-day drop in nearly seven years, and closed at their lowest level since December 2008. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Platinum Sinks to Near-Decade Low After Threat of Auto Tariffs," 4 July 2018 The long bright blue jacket and cropped trouser combination made for an arresting visual, particularly paired with silvery heels, and struck just the right balance between polished and casual. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Only Michelle Obama Could Make Denim Look This Chic," 13 Nov. 2018 Colors are predominantly silvery, but occasionally shot through with metallic blues and deep reds. Ann Landi, WSJ, "‘Larry Bell: Hocus, Focus and 12’ Review: Thinking Inside the Box," 18 Sep. 2018 Once a month for the past year, my husband has hovered over my head like a drone, carefully pulling out the 20 or so newly sprouted silvery gray hairs dotting my otherwise deep-brunette hairline. Lauren Levinson, Glamour, "Seeing Women in Their 30s With Gray Roots Inspired Me to Leave Mine Alone," 2 Apr. 2018 The gray itself is a shock of silvery white interspersed with some brown strands on the nape of my neck and along my cheeks. Jessica Berger Gross, Longreads, "Gone Gray," 10 July 2018 In 1947, what’s regarded as the first modern UFO sighting took place as private pilot Kenneth Arnold, an Idaho businessman, reported seeing nine silvery objects flying in a ‘‘weaving formation’’ near Mount Rainier in Washington., "This day in history," 23 June 2018 They are known for their white beard, silvery-blue coat, long tail and cow-like horns. Bryce Airgood, Detroit Free Press, "After almost 80 years, the Detroit Zoo finally gets some gnu animals," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of silvery

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of silvery

: shiny and white or light gray in color like silver

of sound : high, clear, soft, and pleasant


sil·​very | \ˈsil-və-rē \

Kids Definition of silvery

: shiny and medium gray a silvery fish

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