or mousey adjective (mousier; -est) Date: 1853 of, relating to, or resembling a mouse: as a. quiet, stealthy b. timid, retiring c. grayish brown • mousily adverbmousiness noun

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  • Mousy — Mous y (mouz [y^]), a. Infested with mice; smelling of mice. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mousy — (adj.) 1812 with reference to quietness; 1853, of color; from MOUSE (Cf. mouse) + Y (Cf. y) (2) …   Etymology dictionary

  • mousy — [adj] drab; quiet bashful, colorless, diffident, dull, indeterminate, ineffectual, pale, plain, self effacing, shy, timid, timorous, unassertive, unassuming; concepts 401,618 Ant. beautiful, extroverted, fancy, fixed up …   New thesaurus

  • mousy — (also mousey) ► ADJECTIVE (mousier, mousiest) 1) of or like a mouse. 2) (of hair) of a dull, light brown colour. 3) timid and ineffectual …   English terms dictionary

  • mousy — [mous′ē, mouz′ē] adj. mousier, mousiest 1. of, characteristic of, or like a mouse, in any of various ways; quiet, timid, drab, etc. 2. full of or infested with mice mousiness n …   English World dictionary

  • mousy — [[t]ma͟ʊsi[/t]] also mousey 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Mousy hair is a dull light brown colour. He was aged between 25 and 30, with a medium build and collar length mousy hair. 2) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n If you describe someone as mousy, you mean… …   English dictionary

  • mousy — UK [ˈmaʊsɪ] / US adjective Word forms mousy : adjective mousy comparative mousier superlative mousiest 1) mousy hair is a dull light brown colour 2) a mousy person is quiet and prefers not to be noticed Derived word: mousiness noun uncountable …   English dictionary

  • mousy — mous|y [ mausi ] adjective 1. ) mousy hair is a dull light brown color 2. ) a mousy person is quiet and prefers not to be noticed: a mousy little man standing against the wall ╾ mous|i|ness noun uncount …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • mousy — mousily, adv. mousiness, n. /mow see, zee/, adj., mousier, mousiest. 1. resembling or suggesting a mouse, as in color or odor. 2. drab and colorless. 3. meek; timid: A drill sergeant can t be mousy! 4. quiet; noiseless: a mousy tread. 5. infested …   Universalium

  • mousy — mous|y mousey [ˈmausi] adj 1.) mousy hair is a dull brown colour 2.) a mousy woman is quiet and unattractive …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • mousy — adjective 1 mousy hair is a dull brown colour 2 a mousy woman is quiet and unattractive mousiness noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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