Definition of mossy in English:



  • 1Covered in or resembling moss.

    ‘mossy tree trunks’
    • ‘They are usually found in the mossy undergrowth in woods but we've found them right by the roadside.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their outstretched branches covered the mossy ground and entwined with the branches of the neighboring trees.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her hands and feet were met by a soft mossy carpet that tickled slightly at first touch.’
    • ‘They are as at home in a mossy rock pool or muddy creek as on a spectacular wreck.’
    • ‘The track was soft and mossy, and it led though ferns and brackens, thickets of brambles and groves of tall Himalayan cedar trees.’
    • ‘Ferns sprout from mossy lintels and trees reach for the sky from small, now-roofless rooms which were the living quarters of slaves.’
    • ‘Below dark cliffs and mossy overhangs lay olive groves, entire slopes terraced with backbreaking plots of retaining walls and water channels.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Statues of the Buddha were mossy, furred with green.’
    • ‘He made sure he wasn't being watched and leaped over the veranda, landing with a soft thud on the mossy ground.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The reward was a view of a reed-edged lake, snow-capped mountains and a brilliant green mossy floodplain where wild horses grazed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are two waterfalls, and then a sumptuous mossy wood.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The grass was mossy and soft, and there were trees and bushes and flowers everywhere.’
    • ‘Toward dusk we made camp on a mossy outcrop of rock shaped like the prow of a ship.’
    • ‘I began to walk barefooted on the soft mossy ground.’
    waterlogged, boggy, marshy, swampy, squelchy, squishy, mucky, miry, oozy, slushy, slimy, sodden, spongy, wet, soft, heavy, sloughy
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    1. 1.1US 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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