Definition of silvery in English:



  • 1Like silver in colour or appearance; shiny and grey-white.

    ‘shoals of silvery fish’
    • ‘They are green and white, and they carry their national symbol, the star and crescent, silvery bright and shiny.’
    • ‘Colour of the tubers may be white, silvery, light tan, red, or purple.’
    • ‘Behind the door was a modernized kitchen, all shiny and silvery.’
    • ‘Despite it being winter, there is plenty of colour, from subtle silvery tones to bright berries and stems.’
    • ‘This results in the leaves taking on a silvery appearance and, more importantly, an extensive dying back of the affected branches and a reduction in fruit production.’
    • ‘The oyster coats the sand grain with a silvery shiny layer called nacre.’
    • ‘A beam of silvery light was shining through the old windows, the moss already creeping up and encircling them in emerald tendrils.’
    • ‘I squinted in the bright sunshine trying to see the silvery grey bodied fish, known as the ‘grey ghost’ or ‘silver bullet’ of the flats.’
    • ‘I'm just trying to compose my face into the right look of condescending congratulation when she heaves on to the deck not one but six beautiful, silvery, shiny mackerel.’
    • ‘When wet, the basalt changes colour from silvery grey to gleaming black.’
    • ‘Its body has a good deal the shape of the pike; but it is protected by scales of a silvery gray colour and so strong that a dagger could not pierce them.’
    • ‘I just look at my computer, at how nice and silvery and shiny it is.’
    • ‘Germanium looks like a metal, with a bright, shiny, silvery luster, but it is brittle and breaks apart rather easily.’
    • ‘The timber cladding on the outside is untreated and has taken on a bleached, silvery colour as it has weathered.’
    • ‘Her room was bathed in a silvery light from the moon.’
    • ‘Once spun, the cocoon takes on a silvery appearance, indicating that it is full of air that seeped out from the slit-like incisions in the root made by the larval hooks.’
    • ‘Cesium is a silvery white, shiny metal that is very soft and ductile.’
    • ‘The wings appear very light, silvery gray in flight.’
    • ‘Out of complete darkness, in the middle of the screen and half way from the left edge, a thin silvery bright line appears, extending all the way to the right edge.’
    • ‘By adding copper to the silver, the mediaeval craftsmen were hardening and lowering the melting point of silver, although it still remained silvery in colour.’
    shining, lustrous, bright, gleaming
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    1. 1.1 (of a person's hair) grey-white and lustrous.
      ‘an old lady with silvery hair piled up high’
      • ‘I made out an elderly lady, propped up, silvery hair rippling across her shoulders.’
      • ‘Besides the cut and the silvery hair, he looked the same as before.’
      • ‘She was a wisp of a woman, barely taller than my shoulders, with silvery hair and deep blue eyes.’
      • ‘She glanced around her surroundings to see the thin beautiful woman combing her long silvery hair.’
      • ‘The one thing they all had in common - aside from the black-tie dress - was a love for the unique artist with the shock of silvery hair.’
      • ‘He was a 40-year-old man with silvery hair, small eyes, a small nose, a large mouth and faint wrinkles.’
      • ‘He threw his head forward so a wave of silvery hair covered his sorrowful face.’
      • ‘Her silvery hair is perfectly groomed, her make-up subtly enhancing.’
      • ‘There is a thin coating of make-up on her face and her silvery hair is delicately cut.’
      • ‘He was smiling, a good-looking man in his early fifties with silvery hair and dark eyes and a practiced smile.’
      • ‘He has silvery hair, quick, hawk eyes, and a lean, slightly bent frame.’
      • ‘She brushed a lock of shoulder-length silvery hair briskly behind her ear as she spoke.’
      • ‘She had long silvery hair framing her delicate face.’
      • ‘She came through the doors a few moments later, her long silvery hair flowing around her.’
      • ‘Dressed in a salmon pink dressing gown and rollers in her silvery hair, the old crone was sat in her favourite old rocking chair, surrounded by a group of people.’
      • ‘His facial appearance was fair, with the placid blue eyes and short silvery hair.’
      • ‘Her silvery hair was pulled up in a neat bun.’
      • ‘His silvery hair was cut short and it framed his face in loose wisps.’
      • ‘Her pale silvery hair and violet eyes were pretty, but other than that, she was boring.’
      • ‘Wearing black trousers and a grey polo shirt, he is still handsome with shoulder-length silvery hair and a twinkle in the eye.’
  • 2(of a sound) gentle, clear, and melodious.

    ‘a little silvery laugh’
    • ‘Katherine laughed, her silvery laugh echoing in the silent night.’
    • ‘She laughed again, a peal of silvery laughter every bit as lovely and wondrous as its owner.’
    • ‘He was only several feet from his destination when light, silvery laughter rang out behind him.’
    • ‘She laughed, a silvery tinkling sound clearer than any bell.’
    • ‘She laughed her silvery laugh.’
    • ‘In the responsive acoustic of Kendal's United Reformed Church the silvery sound of the massed flute choir could be appreciated to the full.’
    • ‘A long, silvery howl echoed out over the trees, one of grief and heartrending sorrow.’
    • ‘Horace Andy takes control of the sound system with his silvery vocals.’
    • ‘He felt the familiar glow rise once more in his stomach at the sound of the silvery laughter.’
    • ‘Cult mezzo Magdalena Kozena and silvery soprano Carolyn Sampson sound gorgeous, but are on the cool side as Paris and Cupid respectively.’
    • ‘She spoke that one word, which commanded acknowledgement and attention, but still managed to sound silvery and sleek.’
    • ‘I wonder if he laughed the tinkling silvery laugh which was one of the things that had got [him] so disliked by the better element.’
    • ‘She stopped for a moment, then broke out in silvery, childlike laughter.’
    • ‘She giggled, filling his ears with that same surreal silvery laugh.’
    • ‘I let out a silvery laugh which echoed through the courtyard.’
    • ‘She hummed to herself in a sweet, silvery voice.’
    • ‘Bonney's silvery clear voice is easy on the ears, and its clarity has not been obtained at the expense of personality.’
    • ‘He heard a silvery, feminine laugh nearby and turned to see who it was.’
    • ‘She was still struggling to breath through gales of silvery laughter, and her soulful blue eyes were narrowed to tiny slits with mirth.’
    • ‘Sure, she and partner Pete McCracken have a way around melody that's as silvery and clear as cold water.’
    pleasant-sounding, sweet-sounding, mellow, mellifluous, dulcet, sweet, honeyed, lyrical, silver-toned, golden, bell-like, rhythmical, lilting, pleasant, agreeable, soothing
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