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

  • adj. Resembling gauze in thinness or transparency. See Synonyms at airy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. having the qualities of gauze; light, thin, transparent, hazy
  • adj. figuratively light, giving the effect of haze

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, or resembling, gauze; thin and slight as gauze.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Like gauze; thin as gauze.

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

  • adj. so thin as to transmit light


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  • Many of the ancient buildings were draped in gauzy white sheets with a slight outline of the building behind painted in blue or gold.

    The Two Continents Of Istanbul

  • If that were not ostracism enough, the women -- depicted so often as shy and demure in gauzy works of fiction with titles like that of Lee's play -- begin taking turns beating the daylights out of her.

    Review: 'Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven' at Studio Theatre

  • Drinks served by flirtatious cocktail waitresses in gauzy blouses unbuttoned to the middles of their chests and skirts slit up to the hip so that they can reach the holsters attached to their garters and draw cigars, lighters, and clippers on command.

    A master of the universe plots his own downfall

  • I saw a goddess of a woman from India over six feet tall, all legs, in gauzy white blouse unbuttoned down to her chest and up to her diaphragm.

    On the sidewalks of New York with Lance Mannion, strolling pervert

  • Dressed in gauzy white tunics, they move with a girlish sweetness that identifies them as the nymphs from Nijinsky's L'Après-Midi d'un Faune.

    Russell Maliphant Company

  • Little Kitty Bonner, fairylike in gauzy lawn, with pinkest of cheeks and bluest of dancing eyes, arms outstretched and lips puckered in invitation, was striving to kiss the boy.


  • He is swathed in gauzy film, and from a distance, he casts a very effective evil chill upon the block.

    Carine Fabius: What Can the Power of Art Accomplish?

  • The morning mist rests lightly on chimneys and roofs and walls, wreathes the lamp-posts, and floats in gauzy streamers down the streets.

    The Promised Land

  • One evening, when the far-away hills and fields were scarfed in gauzy purples, and the intervales were brimming with golden mists, Eric carried to the old orchard a little limp, worn volume that held a love story.

    Kilmeny of the Orchard

  • And unless you’re talking about a body preserved in gauzy, filthy bandages, I find the word “mummy” absolutely HILARIOUS and creepy – all at once.: 0l I think I’d prefer just about anything but the name “mummy”.

    I say pyjama…


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