Definition of dreamy in English:


adjectivedreamiest, dreamier

  • 1Having a magical or pleasantly unreal quality; dreamlike.

    ‘the atmosphere is tranquil and dreamy’
    ‘a slow dreamy melody’
    • ‘The screen music, too, has dreamy and hypnotic qualities to mirror the cinematography.’
    • ‘This particular cover is I think better than the original - it is beautiful, slow and haunting and works perfectly with the dreamy quality of the film.’
    • ‘Carving evocative melodies within dreamy sound structures, he seems to work on a recurring theme all the way through.’
    • ‘Related landscape drawings in white charcoal and colored pencil on black paper convey a dreamy quality, as if the flowers were phosphorescent growths on a sunless asteroid.’
    • ‘The songs merge a Gomez-like quirkiness, dreamy melodies and harmonies to die for.’
    • ‘While maintaining their dreamy melodies and laid-back grooves, the duo have deserted their trademark kids' TV samples and the like, for something more grown up.’
    • ‘The lyric is a come-on, not a confession, but it's easy to be tricked into thinking otherwise by the earnest vocals and the dreamy keyboard melody.’
    • ‘What appears like rumpled sheets invokes a more dreamy quality; not at all like the unblinking gaze of her fellow painter.’
    • ‘I'm pulled, whirling through the water free and weightless, and the movements take on a dreamy quality, as if I'm in slow motion.’
    • ‘To the dreamy melody of a Beethoven piano sonata, a child-like model rummaged through a trunk overflowing with clothes on a set designed as a girl's bedroom.’
    • ‘This soft palette accentuates the dreamy, languorous quality of the story and makes this film one of the most visually elegant of early three-strip Technicolor works.’
    • ‘Having said that the template of beats, cut up vocals and dreamy melodies remains the same.’
    • ‘Used sensibly it does impart a dreamy quality, and it is worthwhile trying this effect on young ladies, or even to isolate one single flower in a garden.’
    • ‘Illuminated only by moonlight, pale flowers and foliage add a dreamy, ethereal quality to the garden.’
    • ‘With all the other, regular, light switches turned to off; it made the room look magical and dreamy.’
    • ‘But her voice, fairy-like though it is, is strong and has a unique dreamy quality to it that lends itself to a variety of different songs.’
    • ‘It really is a good movie, engrossing, touching and funny all in one in the pleasantly dreamy, melancholic way only the French can manage.’
    • ‘The result, lush ambient-pop-rock tunes filled with intricate melodies that go from dreamy to heavy without ever ceasing to intrigue.’
    • ‘Both had such a luxurious, dreamy quality to them.’
    • ‘Veda has a tight grip on melody, mixing dreamy guitar work with crashing drums and painfully self-aware lyrics.’
    dreamlike, vague, dim, hazy, shadowy, misty, faint, indistinct, unclear
    gentle, tranquil, peaceful, relaxing, soothing, calming, lulling, romantic
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    1. 1.1informal Delightful; gorgeous.
      ‘I bet he was really dreamy’
      • ‘Instead, we're left with a series of bizarre vignettes, all told from the perspective of a group of boys, who are fascinated with the blonde, dreamy sisters.’
      • ‘Arrigo was also dark, but his features were outlined by a sort of delicate grace that had evolved from adorable to dreamy as he'd grown up.’
      • ‘But while the most appealing of clowns is Pierrot, pale, lean and dreamy, with cooks, at least until recently, the popular one was the fat guy.’
      • ‘The remainder of the movie relates Daphne's quest to meet and form a relationship with her father, and the story of her falling in love with a dreamy British boy.’
      • ‘Remember, Shannon is shallow, and likes only those dreamy guys, who are gorgeous.’
      • ‘If Amari thought green eyes were dreamy… well, so much the better!’
      • ‘He has gorgeous black hair, and these dreamy blue eyes.’
      wonderful, marvellous, terrific, fabulous, lovely, delightful
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  • 2Given to or indulging in daydreaming.

    ‘a dreamy boy who grew up absorbed in poetry’
    • ‘Very few of them were her fault, and in many ways she was dealing with them quite courageously, but, sadly, she had absorbed the dreamy attitude to keeping appointments that is commonplace to people on the dole, and she didn't show up.’
    • ‘I was sitting in the rooms of the Analytical Society, at Cambridge, my head leaning forward on the table in a kind of dreamy mood, with a table of logarithms lying open before me.’
    • ‘I awoke in a swirly world of snug pillows and dreamy thoughts.’
    • ‘There's no easy way fully to understand the mental processes of a dreamy minded kid, though, especially one who was of poetic leanings.’
    • ‘He's a dreamy boy, in love with Zubeida, who comes from a wealthier background.’
    • ‘Gerhard, a quiet dreamy boy, found himself attracted to the conventicles, but although he heard numerous gospel sermons, his mind remained confused and his heart untouched.’
    • ‘The same might be said for pleasant feelings: while meditating one might feel sleepy and dreamy, and one is moved automatically to follow and indulge such feelings.’
    • ‘These are the kind of observations that we are expected to swallow in a story which seeks to successfully bind a sophisticated narrator together with a dreamy young boy.’
    • ‘He wasn't sure he saw the point of the special CD, but Andrew claimed that every girl liked it because it put them in a dreamy romantic mood.’
    • ‘But intensity of any sort has to be inferred rather than directly experienced; both men act in a dreamy though mostly unsmiling reverie.’
    • ‘Tom is a dreamy boy, and Nora rationalizes that he will not make it in the business world because of his lack of ‘push’.’
    • ‘Baxter remains ambitious, but it is not the type to simply indulge in dreamy long-term planning.’
    • ‘This dreamy mood has characterised my relationship with pop culture over the last few days.’
    • ‘Shane snapped out of his dreamy mood and took a glance at his hand.’
    • ‘Stefan's fingers and body grow tenser and tenser as the music reaches its climax, and Lisa's mood changes from dreamy to annoyed to worried as Stefan gets entangled in a difficult passage.’
    • ‘At Fraserburgh Academy, the gentle, sweet-natured, dreamy boy filled jotters with costume designs and drawings, some of which are on loan to the exhibition.’
    • ‘After that, I began to hear snippets from other people; most said you were a dreamy child and grew into a dreamy, but fairly responsible adolescent.’
    • ‘Later that night, I was dropped off at my car and drove to get gas in a rather dreamy mood.’
    • ‘I was in a dreamy, giggly mood and Calvin had traces of lipstick on his lips.’
    • ‘Left alone, Buck shook his head briskly to clear it from his vague dreamy thoughts and crawled from the cave.’
    daydreaming, dreaming
    idealistic, romantic, starry-eyed, impractical, unrealistic, utopian, quixotic, out of touch with reality
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