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

  • adj. Having the eyes blurred, as with tears.
  • adj. Having a sentimental or dreamy quality: a misty-eyed view of the past.

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  • adj. having eyes blurred as with tears


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  • Jeff: I got misty-eyed twice: when Claire gave birth again, and when Sawyer and Juliet were reunited.

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  • Maybe that speech was written, misty-eyed, after spending 30 hours straight reading Robert Frost poems, and he might even have rewarded himself with a big dose of Librium and bed ....

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  • In one break it appeared alongside my current bete noire, the one where a fortyish chap, with a look on his face that I suspect is intended to be misty-eyed romanticism, talks about how instead of doing the weekly shop he would rather be watching the waves break on the shore, or walking with his lovely wife and kids in the park, or be in bed making love to his lovely wife.

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  • But without the war, conservatives would still have a country to get misty-eyed over - it would just be Britain instead of America.

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  • A sympathetic, though not misty-eyed, history of the fall of Bahadur Shah Zafar, the last emperor of India's Mughal dynasty.

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  • In case you missed what jump started it, the senior senator from Delaware became momentarily misty-eyed as he refuted the notion that "just because I am a man" he couldn't understand what it's like to wonder whether or not a child would "make it" after a life-threatening accident.

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  • Club-goers of a certain age grow misty-eyed over D. C.'s house music scene of the '90s and early' 00s when now closed venues like Red, Five and the D.C. Sanctuary offered so many places to dance.

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  • Between Jon Anderson straining at the high notes and Matt gazing misty-eyed at me for the duration of "Owner of a Lonely Heart," the show was a letdown from start to finish.

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  • Moments after a misty-eyed speech here in Las Vegas while accepting the Bill Masterton Trophy, Jose Theodore confirmed to me that GM George McPhee called recently to inform the veteran goal that he won't be re-signed by the Caps.

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  • At the risk of going all misty-eyed, you get the impression that Torres is one of few young Premier League footballers who genuinely would appreciate a manager taking the trouble to pitch up at his poolside li-lo and discuss advanced attacking principles, although he'd probably draw the line at the Fiver's tactically astute colleague Jonathan Wilson.

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