Definitions

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  • adj. Of or resembling pewter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Belonging to, or resembling, pewter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Belonging to, resembling, or characteristic of pewter: as, a pewtery taste.
  • n. Pewter collectively.
  • n. A pewter closet; a place for keeping pewter.

Etymologies

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pewter +‎ -y

Examples

  • The stout German, for her part, looked at both her visitors with pewtery, vacant-looking eyes, smiling affably and evidently not understanding Russian.

    The Double

  • The two aunts go on sitting in the same position immovably, with their arms folded across their bosoms and doze, staring with their pewtery little eyes at the lamp.

    The Cook's Wedding and Other Stories

  • All night Navagin dreamed of a gaunt old clerk in a shabby uniform, with a face as yellow as a lemon, hair that stood up like a brush, and pewtery eyes; the clerk said something in a sepulchral voice and shook a bony finger at him.

    The Schoolmaster

  • As she said good-bye she slipped three hundred roubles into his hand; he seemed taken aback, and looked at her for a minute in silence with his pewtery eyes, but then seemed to understand and said:

    The Party

  • Beyond them, in the prolonged northern twilight, the waters of the bay took on a peculiar pewtery brightness, but with the usual mourning-edged border of Scotch seacoast scenery.

    A Protegee of Jack Hamlin's and Other Stories

  • 'Aha! he's come!' growled the major, casting a sidelong glance out of his pewtery eyes upon Pyetushkov, and not stirring from his place.

    A Desperate Character and Other Stories

  • On one of his Potomac farms, a portion of the land is exceedingly heavy -- pewtery land, as it is termed from its tendency when wet to run together, presenting a glistening appearance somewhat resembling that metal.

    Guano A Treatise of Practical Information for Farmers

  • ‘Aha! he’s come!’ growled the major, casting a sidelong glance out of his pewtery eyes upon Pyetushkov, and not stirring from his place.

    A Desperate Character

  • Both coins are made of a greasy pewtery sort of tin; and I thought the biggest was the most valuable: but the fellow showed a sense of their value, and a disposition seemingly to cut any man’s throat who did not understand it.

    Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo

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  • The fish ran away with the loon.

    August 13, 2009

  • By the light ....

    Of the pewtery moon ....

    August 13, 2009

  • The moon was lusciously ripe and full, and it hovered right above me, spilling a pewtery light all around.

    --Elizabeth Gilbert, 2006, Eat, Pray, Love, p. 202

    August 13, 2009