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From Middle English mersshy, mershi, equivalent to marsh +‎ -y.



marshy (comparative marshier, superlative marshiest)

  1. Of, or resembling a marsh; boggy.
    Synonyms: hoggy, quaggy, swampy; see also Thesaurus:marshy
    the marshy nature of the ground
    • 1950 December, R. C. J. Day and R. K. Kirkland, “The Kelvedon & Tollesbury Light Railway”, in Railway Magazine, page 838:
      Nearer the coast, the land becomes markedly more marshy, with long, winding channels striking inland from the sea, making access to some of the waterside villages rather difficult.
    • 1961 October, Voyageur, “The Cockermouth, Keswick & Penrith Railway”, in Trains Illustrated, page 601:
      West of Keswick a short descent at 1 in 122 brings the train down to the low-lying and marshy ground between Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite Lake and to the crossing of the Derwent - the outfall from Derwentwater, [...].
  2. Growing in marshy ground.

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