Definition of mossy in English:


adjectivemossier, mossiest

  • 1Covered in or resembling moss.

    ‘mossy tree trunks’
    • ‘Statues of the Buddha were mossy, furred with green.’
    • ‘Toward dusk we made camp on a mossy outcrop of rock shaped like the prow of a ship.’
    • ‘The ocean vanishes as the path heads downwards, and when you reach the bottom of a narrow gully you enter another world, where giant ferns brush your sides and water trickles between mossy boulders.’
    • ‘He made sure he wasn't being watched and leaped over the veranda, landing with a soft thud on the mossy ground.’
    • ‘The grass was mossy and soft, and there were trees and bushes and flowers everywhere.’
    • ‘Their outstretched branches covered the mossy ground and entwined with the branches of the neighboring trees.’
    • ‘A slightly uneven surface is studded with irregular mossy rocks and covered with the northern European forest mixture of grass and creeping shrubs like bilberry.’
    • ‘The reward was a view of a reed-edged lake, snow-capped mountains and a brilliant green mossy floodplain where wild horses grazed.’
    • ‘There are two waterfalls, and then a sumptuous mossy wood.’
    • ‘I began to walk barefooted on the soft mossy ground.’
    • ‘They are as at home in a mossy rock pool or muddy creek as on a spectacular wreck.’
    • ‘Iceland is a land of extremes: milky-blue geothermal waters steaming in vast expanses of hardened lava next to bright green mossy hills and waterfalls.’
    • ‘There's a lovely church garden inside the fence with colourful flowers that edge the old paving stones leading up to the mossy semi-circular steps to the door.’
    • ‘They are usually found in the mossy undergrowth in woods but we've found them right by the roadside.’
    • ‘Hardwood trees stretched out of sight towards the distant sky; five-fingered orchids crawled up their trunks, and huge ferns spilled over their roots across the mossy path.’
    • ‘We walked, without speaking much, clambered over the stile and through the paddock towards the river and the oak tree whose roots came up through the mossy soil like a tangle of serpents.’
    • ‘Her hands and feet were met by a soft mossy carpet that tickled slightly at first touch.’
    • ‘Ferns sprout from mossy lintels and trees reach for the sky from small, now-roofless rooms which were the living quarters of slaves.’
    • ‘The track was soft and mossy, and it led though ferns and brackens, thickets of brambles and groves of tall Himalayan cedar trees.’
    • ‘Below dark cliffs and mossy overhangs lay olive groves, entire slopes terraced with backbreaking plots of retaining walls and water channels.’
    waterlogged, boggy, marshy, swampy, squelchy, squishy, mucky, miry, oozy, slushy, slimy, sodden, spongy, wet, soft, heavy, sloughy
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  • 2US informal Old-fashioned or extremely conservative.

    old-fashioned, outmoded, out of fashion, out of date, unfashionable, frumpish, frumpy, out of style, outdated, dated, out, outworn, old, former, dead, musty, old-time, old-world, behindhand, past, bygone, archaic, obsolescent, obsolete, ancient, antiquated, superannuated
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