From Middle English deui, from Old English dēawiġ, from Old English dēaw. Equivalent to dew + y.
dewy (comparative dewier or more dewy, superlative dewiest or most dewy)
- Covered by dew.
- The dewy grass was too slick for football.
- Having the quality of bearing droplets of water.
- In the dewy fog, it was cold and damp.
1831, Edgar Allan Poe, The Sleeper:
- At midnight, in the month of June,
I stand beneath the mystic moon.
An opiate vapor, dewy, dim,
Exhales from out her golden rim
- Fresh and innocent.
- 1814, 16 March, Percy Bysshe Shelley letter to Hogg, Thy Gentle Face
- Thy dewy looks sink in my breast
- Thy gentle words stir poison there;
2004, Joseph Conrad, The Secret Agent, ISBN 1596256877, page 6:
- Simplicity in life, simplicity in art, and a dewy freshness over all.
2009, Bernfried Nugel & Jerome Meckier, Aldous Huxley Annual, ISBN 3825819396, page 23:
- It was unusually early for him; his whole person exhaled the charm of almost dewy freshness
bearing droplets of water