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Definition of "mealy" [meal•y]

  • Resembling meal in texture or consistency; granular: mealy potatoes. (adjective)
  • Made of or containing meal. (adjective)
  • Sprinkled or covered with meal or a similar granular substance. (adjective)
  • Flecked with spots; mottled. (adjective)
  • Lacking healthy coloring; pale: "I only know two sorts of boys. Mealy boys, and beef-faced boys” ( Charles Dickens). (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "mealy" in a sentence
  • "Some had the creamy ring on their muzzles that was known as mealy muzzle because it looked as if they had put their noses in a bucket of food and still had the mush on their mouths."
  • "You seem to be sure that, when it comes to allusions, the film is to borrow Jody's phrase mealy-mouthed, and not just reasonably ambiguous."
  • ""Dastardly attempt to win the cause of the working girls by dirty scab leaders and butter-fingered capitalist class," it began, and after this followed a wild jumble of words, words without meaning, sentences without point in which Sam was called a mealy-mouthed mail-order musser and The"