Definitions

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

  • adj. Moist with or as if with dew: dewy grass in early morning.
  • adj. Accompanied by dew: a dewy morning.
  • adj. Suggestive of the freshness or purity of dew, as in innocence or naiveté: never gave up the dewy outlook of youth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Covered by dew.
  • adj. Having the quality of bearing droplets of water.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to dew; resembling, consisting of, or moist with, dew.
  • adj. Falling gently and beneficently, like the dew.
  • adj. Resembling a dew-covered surface; appearing as if covered with dew.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to dew.
  • Of the nature or appearance of dew; like dew: as, dewy tears.
  • Moist with or as if with dew.
  • Accompanied with dew; abounding in dew.
  • Falling gently, or refreshing, like dew: as, “dewy sleep ambrosial,”
  • In botany, appearing as if covered with dew.

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

  • adj. wet with dew

Etymologies

From dew + -y (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It was one of those mornings steeped in dewy freshness, when distant sounds and sights are brought supernaturally near, when lights are strangely bright, and shadows transparent, and the very mountains look more awake than usual.

    Untrodden Peaks and Unfrequented Valleys

  • I mean the restoration of oxygen to the atmosphere from the surface of the earth in dewy mornings, as well as from the perspiration of vegetable leaves; which atmospheric oxygen is hourly destructible by the respiration of animals and plants, by combustion, and by other oxydations.

    Note XII

  • I attempted an expression of dewy maternal remembrance and tried to squash the guilt rising through my body, because the truth was that a doctor’s appointment was once again not on my agenda for the day.

    Goodnight Nobody

  • She was truly pretty, but no one would call her dewy.

    As Husbands Go

  • If there was a stereotypical independent movie that year, it could be described as a dewy, decent and deadly story about the coming of age of a sensitive Midwestern farm girl.

    Up Where The Air Is Clear

  • I can recall the dewy eyes of Kelli White at the world championships in Paris last summer when, after winning the 100 and 200 meters, she tested positive for a stimulant most often used to treat narcolepsy.

    Starr Gazing: Jewels of Denial

  • What does the word "dewy" suggest as to the habits of the bird?

    Elson Grammar School Literature v4

  • Sis she tried to laugh at it all; but her eyes got kind of dewy at the corners.

    Torchy

  • A kind of dewy moisture came to her eyes which did not amount to tears.

    A Modern Tomboy A Story for Girls

  • I opted for their original finish which is supposed to give you a "dewy" glow.

    Ms Maggie Moo Talks 2 U

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