Definition of washy in English:


Pronunciation /ˈwôSHē/ /ˈwɔʃi/ /ˈwäSHē/ /ˈwɑʃi/

adjectivewashier, washiest

  • 1archaic (of food or drink) too watery.

    • ‘washy potatoes’
    1. 1.1Lacking in strength or vigor; insipid.
      ‘a weak and washy production’
      • ‘They've pretty much dropped social/political style illustrations for lots of washy winter scene's or visual jokes.’
  • 2(of a color) having a faded look.

    ‘I knitted the sample in a denim cotton to give a washier color’
    • ‘It seems like a window that you could step through and the gentle, washy colours are like the dew on freshly mown grass.’
    • ‘Backlighting the hand, a bright yellow disk rests against a washy sienna background encircled by a repeating phrase in Gujarati.’
    • ‘A washy monochrome, its broad rectangles of turpentine-thinned burnt sienna lack not only the powerful materiality of the other paintings, but the intensity of fully saturated color as well.’
    • ‘The washy gray background of Untitled, 1960, for example, suggests a wintry landscape and feels lovingly painted.’
    • ‘In one, the stick-straight, regular strokes, painted light against a washy dark so that fine black lines halo every gesture, suggest bare twigs caught in an ice storm.’
    • ‘Centered in the distance amid a vast panorama, the Empire State Building rises into the pink haze that settles over it; a washy band of pale blue floats above.’
    • ‘In each of these works, a washy monochromatic ground has been marked with white whiplash lines.’
    • ‘Much grandiose painting business is imposed on top of a large blue spiral enclosing washy green transparencies.’