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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 color.
      ‘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) nervous, shy, or timid; lacking in presence or charisma.
      ‘his mousy sister had become a dynamic journalist’
      • ‘One spring break on the beaches of Florida, The Incredible Hulk falls in love with a squat mousy girl with the charisma of a supermarket deli tray.’
      • ‘This boy was so mousy and timid; he'd been there five minutes and he was already getting on the brunet's nerves.’
      • ‘The mousy man heard him and barked out a nervous-sounding, high-pitched laugh.’
      • ‘The new governess was a mousy lady who could scarcely control the children - Clarissa knew exactly how to deal with them, Daniel thought morosely.’
      • ‘This was something Auria would do, not me, her sensible, level headed, mousy sister who was submissive and docile.’
      • ‘The second was a plain, almost mousy girl, dressed in the same style as her mother and with her thin yellow hair pulled back into a tight knot.’
      • ‘However, one mousy boy awkwardly opened the oak double doors for her.’
      • ‘Since she looks more like a mousy witness than an aggressive reporter, Elaine has had no trouble fooling them.’
      • ‘She was a vaguely mousy woman in her mid-twenties whose hands couldn't seem to stop fidgeting.’
      • ‘Within moments, a high, squeak-like voice came from the mousy girl behind the desk.’
      • ‘I looked around the room and finally found this little mousy girl looking at my shyly.’
      • ‘It is certainly funny to see Owen towering over that mousey guy.’
      • ‘The timid knock on the door could only be one person, his mousy but efficient secretary trying to get his attention.’
      • ‘His mousy comments were not forceful, not that of a true leader.’
      • ‘‘Hi,’ Ella said in her mousy voice as she walked into the bathroom.’
      • ‘Next to her were four kids: a cool, perfectly made-up girl, a tall, tan boy, a mousy, shy girl, and another boy who nearly made me fall over.’
      • ‘Our teacher had taken sick leave, and the sub was some mousy post-grad who darted glances amongst us as though we were going to jump on him and gnaw his head off anytime soon.’
      • ‘Alfred Marshall, disguising his boldness under a mousy writing style, proposed an even stronger supplement to the land tax.’
      • ‘Where Ellen was petite and mousy, Georgia was willowy and exotic.’
      • ‘Young Axel, despite his rocker name, was… well, a nerd, with a round frame and a mousy appearance.’
      timid, quiet, meek, fearful, timorous, shy, self-effacing, diffident, ineffectual, unassertive, unconfident, unforthcoming, reticent, shrinking, hesitant, withdrawn, introverted, introvert, unobtrusive
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/ˈmousē/ /ˈmaʊsi/