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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)

  1. Covered by dew.
    The dewy grass was too slick for football.
  2. 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
  3. 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


  • (covered by dew): rory

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