Meaning of mousy in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmaʊsi/

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adjectiveadjective mousier, adjective mousiest

(also mousey)
  • 1Of or like a mouse.

    ‘a mousy smell’
    • ‘Another much-discussed microbiological fault, which can cause a wine to smell mousy, may be caused by yeasts of the Brettanomyces genus, closely related to Dekkera.’
    • ‘Begin inventory of masculine eyes: shy, leaky, unblinking, mousy, grateful, menacing, proprietary, polite.’
    • ‘First, there are just noises; little, mousy, twitchy noises.’
    • ‘It unsheathes its little mousey ladder, or its little mousey grappling hooks, or its little mousey suction pads, scales the wall, leaps to the pull-cord and swings and swings and swings until the light comes on.’
    • ‘The jungle paths turned to morasses, and the paddy fields were great wastes of stagnant water with a stale mousy smell.’
    1. 1.1(of hair) of a dull light brown colour.
      ‘He always made her feel so plain, with her mousy brown hair and dull gray eyes, her light skin that was so frail it sunburned in little under ten minutes in the heat.’
      • ‘The second was aged 14 or 15, five foot five inches tall, with short mousy to light brown hair, wearing a blue track suit.’
      • ‘The man is described as white, aged 23-25 years-old, 5ft 8ins tall, with a goatee beard and short brown mousy hair.’
      • ‘Sarah was 21 years old, small and plump with small brown eyes, mousy hair and a small mouth that often twisted into the most malicious of smiles.’
      • ‘I had mousy brown hair and even duller gray eyes.’
      • ‘She stood, her dull brown eyes wide and her mousy brown hair fleeing from underneath her cap, expecting thanks for her duty.’
      • ‘Around my finger I twirled a strand of hair that was no longer a dull mousy brown, but a shiny dark chocolate.’
      • ‘He was about my height, with mousy brown hair, caramel coloured eyes and a friendly smile.’
      • ‘On that occasion the thief was said to be aged about 18, 5ft 6ins tall, very thin, with mousy brown hair and was wearing a short black and white patterned coat.’
      • ‘With longish, mousy brown hair and thick glasses, Bertram is bookish, a sharp contrast to the less formal, hip Poirier.’
      • ‘He is slim with short, mousy brown hair, a spotty, pock-marked complexion and a ring or bar piercing in his right eyebrow.’
      • ‘In newspaper photos of missing girls from the seventies, most looked like me: white girls with mousy brown hair.’
      • ‘I remained there for the entire concert, as if in a spelling bee and waiting for my turn, my mousy long brown hair hiding most of my face.’
      • ‘The man, who she describes as being in his mid-twenties with a tanned complexion and mousy brown hair, was driving an old Ford Fiesta when he stopped her.’
      • ‘He has spotty, pock-marked skin and short, mousy brown hair.’
      • ‘He was described as white, clean shaven, in his 20s with collar-length, mousy brown hair and a fresh complexion.’
      • ‘Sinead is white, with blue eyes and mousy brown hair tied back.’
      • ‘Renee's normally cobweb-like cloud of wavy brown hair now fell in a straight, gleaming sheen all the way to her upper back, at last looking more nut-brown than it did mousy.’
      • ‘The mousy-haired girl was gaining on Lyra fast; in hardly a second she'd bounded over Lyra's head, and stood in front of her, smiling smugly and effectively cutting her off from Tay.’
      • ‘The mousy-haired girl just stabbed at her salad and shrugged.’
      lightish brown, brownish, brownish-grey, dun-coloured
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    2. 1.2(of a person) shy, timid, and quiet.
      ‘his mousy sister had become a dynamic journalist’
      • ‘At the beginning of the film, she is a rather mousy secretary, given to wearing neutral colors and a bulky, shapeless winter coat.’
      • ‘Two sisters, one a 15-year-old knockout, the other two years younger, overweight and mousy, are on holidays with their parents.’
      • ‘Michelle Monteith, baby-voiced and appropriately mousy as Laura in the first act, manages the transformation in the second with great believability.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, once-overweight and mousy Rose has trouble believing that any man would find her attractive when a potential suitor enters her life.’
      • ‘Lola decides to try to make the best of her situation and instantly makes friends with mousy Ella.’
      • ‘One of the English professors, a mousy one, darts in to make some copies.’
      • ‘So how did she feel playing a mousy brunette for a change?’
      • ‘Looking at the photo of her at fifteen I don't see an ugly girl - maybe a little young looking, mousy, but waiting to bloom.’
      • ‘She was a very thin, mousy, slightly stooped woman looking no older than a student.’
      • ‘The Right Wing Aunt is a mousy librarian by day, but at night she's to be found nowhere but the pub.’
      • ‘Jekyll is mousy and mincing, while his alter-ego is an explosion of simian fury.’
      • ‘Instead, the mousey British audience just sat there and hoped the problem would resolve itself.’
      • ‘She is small and mousey and I can't help but think of all the bad news she must have to give people each day.’
      • ‘So - in spite of the fact that she's a very sweet girl and well liked by all who know her, she has the reputation of being mousy, shy and very plain compared to her three cohorts.’
      • ‘Full of intense vulnerability, belligerence and a delicate, mousy charm, Henderson manages to mumble throughout the entire film and still emerge as one of the best reasons to go and see it.’
      • ‘In the rehearsal studio, Alison Roper looks like the nice girl from Maine that she is: unassuming, hard working, even a little mousy.’
      • ‘She was small and mousy, about a head shorter than me, and she childishly hugged the books she held against her chest like an elementary schoolgirl.’
      • ‘The second the resounding echo of Bryant's door shutting faded, a small, rather mousy looking man poked his head out of an adjacent office.’
      • ‘Michael was a somewhat mousy little thing, small, blonde and fair with the lightest smattering of freckles across his nose.’
      • ‘Melissa was sitting next to a smaller, somewhat mousy looking girl.’
      timid, quiet, meek, fearful, timorous, shy, self-effacing, diffident, ineffectual, unassertive, unconfident, unforthcoming, reticent, shrinking, hesitant, withdrawn, introverted, introvert, unobtrusive
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