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


gray (also grey), grayish, leaden, 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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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 The synthetic material proves more consistent, arriving in a large sheet of translucent silvery blue. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Watch How Vans Makes Its Secret Skate Shoe Rubber," 8 Mar. 2016 Living in his car and on boats, his entire existence hanging on the whim of silvery steelheads and the hatching pattern of mayflies. Washington Post, "Little Bro teaches this family some life lessons," 1 Jan. 2018 The silvery tones ring through several courtyards on my block. Paul Klenk, New York Times, "‘Godfather Waltz’," 2 July 2018 In 2007, as Atlantic mackerel moved away from European Union waters toward colder shoals near Iceland, the silvery fish with forked tails precipitated a trade war. David Abel,, "Fish wars loom as climate change pushes lobster, cod, and other species north," 21 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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