Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Consisting of or marked by mist: a misty rain; a misty night.
  • adj. Obscured or clouded by or as if by mist: far-off, misty mountains.
  • adj. Vague; hazy: a misty recollection of a dream.
  • adj. Full of tender emotion; sentimental: a love story that left us feeling misty and sad.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. With mist; foggy
  • adj. With tears in the eyes

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Accompanied with mist; characterized by the presence of mist; obscured by, or overspread with, mist
  • adj. Obscured as if by mist; dim; obscure; clouded.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Accompanied or characterized by mist; overspread with mist: as, misty weather; a misty atmosphere; a misty day.
  • Dim, obscure, or clouded, as if by mist; hence, confused; not perspicuous: as, misty sight; a misty writer or treatise; a misty explanation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. filled or abounding with fog or mist
  • adj. wet with mist

Etymologies

mist +‎ -y (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • If you zoom the map all the way out until the whole world appears many times over a pattern in misty blue and grey you will see – we are practically next door, and the little markers put their small green heads together and whisper of our happiness.

    DESTINATION: HAPPINESS • by Grace Andreacchi

  • He called signals in misty breaths, then got decked when he let go of a pass.

    USATODAY.com

  • The moral contradictions of this era of British crime are summed up in misty Cockney reminiscences of the psychopathic Kray twins: lovely boys, proper gentlemen, always treated everyone with perfect manners — well, except for the people they killed.

    An Old-School Copper

  • At night and in misty weather, patrols were sent out in the valley between ourselves and the Fascists.

    Homage to Catalonia

  • To the northwest a single sharp hill, the "Mont des Cats," stood out against the sky; the rest of the horizon was unbroken, and floating in misty moonlight.

    Fighting France

  • By this time the towering beast was once more upon its feet, and Peter was puzzling his head for an order he had forgotten; but just as some misty notion of the Malay words was hovering in his brain the great trunk encircled his waist, he was lifted from the ground, and the next minute he was gliding safely into the mahout's place, his widely outstretched legs settling themselves behind the monster's ears.

    Trapped by Malays A Tale of Bayonet and Kris

  • The celery aroma, which naturally turned out to be Galbanum, soon subsided into a gently green herbal quality, and the sugar turned into Orange Blossom and Lemon, leaving what I would describe as a misty fragrance with a touch of melancholy, like an early morning walk before the dew evaporates.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • Everything about my work was dubbed misty, shadowy.

    My Reminiscences

  • We waited while Bryan tried to recall his misty figures.

    AE in the Irish Theosophist

  • The familiar, undeniable good of the present has to be waived in favour of what 'common sense' calls a misty possibility in the future.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture

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