Definitions

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

  • adj. Resembling a mouse, especially:
  • adj. Having a drab, pale brown color: mousy hair.
  • adj. Having small sharp features: a mousy face.
  • adj. Quiet; timid; shy.
  • adj. Infested with mice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Resembling a mouse
  • adj. Quiet, stealthy
  • adj. Timid
  • adj. A greyish brown colour.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Infested with mice; smelling of mice.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or relating to a mouse or the color or smell of a mouse.
  • Abounding with mice.

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

  • adj. infested with mice
  • adj. quiet and timid and ineffectual
  • adj. of something having a drab pale brown color resembling a mouse

Etymologies

From mouse +‎ -y (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • First Impression: Irma is described as mousy in both demeanor and appearance.

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  • Verdict: At the start, my hair would best be described as mousy.

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  • He seems to be channeling his inner William Hurt, doing a kind of mousy performance with bad glasses that reminded me of Hurt in The Doctor or other movies of his from twenty-some years back.

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  • “Very short, kind of mousy brown hair” is how her high-school drama teacher recalls her.

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  • She was kind of mousy looking; not unattractive but not hot and certainly not trying very hard.

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  • He had once referred to his sister as "mousy," but he hadn't meant it unkindly.

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  • And although "mousy" is a common adjective used by several of the story characters in describing Claire, she is not a weak or mousy character, and nor does she have a weak voice.

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  • Paris Hilton wants to date Prince William - when he gets rid of his "mousy" girlfriend.

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  • Paris Hilton would love to date Britain's Prince William - but only after the royal gets rid of his "mousy" girlfriend.

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  • Sunbeam shone, mousy girl on the end pew
    You'd stay home, oh if only they'd let you
    Le Pastie de la Bourgeoisie.


    (Le Pastie de la Bourgeoisie, by Belle and Sebastian)

    September 8, 2008