Definition of silvery in US English:



  • 1Like silver in color or appearance; shiny and gray-white.

    ‘shoals of silvery fish’
    • ‘The oyster coats the sand grain with a silvery shiny layer called nacre.’
    • ‘Behind the door was a modernized kitchen, all shiny and silvery.’
    • ‘Colour of the tubers may be white, silvery, light tan, red, or purple.’
    • ‘The wings appear very light, silvery gray in flight.’
    • ‘The timber cladding on the outside is untreated and has taken on a bleached, silvery colour as it has weathered.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her room was bathed in a silvery light from the moon.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When wet, the basalt changes colour from silvery grey to gleaming black.’
    • ‘A beam of silvery light was shining through the old windows, the moss already creeping up and encircling them in emerald tendrils.’
    • ‘Cesium is a silvery white, shiny metal that is very soft and ductile.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Despite it being winter, there is plenty of colour, from subtle silvery tones to bright berries and stems.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They are green and white, and they carry their national symbol, the star and crescent, silvery bright and shiny.’
    • ‘Germanium looks like a metal, with a bright, shiny, silvery luster, but it is brittle and breaks apart rather easily.’
    • ‘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.’
    shining, lustrous, bright, gleaming
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    1. 1.1 (of a person's hair) gray-white and lustrous.
      • ‘His silvery hair was cut short and it framed his face in loose wisps.’
      • ‘He was smiling, a good-looking man in his early fifties with silvery hair and dark eyes and a practiced smile.’
      • ‘He threw his head forward so a wave of silvery hair covered his sorrowful face.’
      • ‘She came through the doors a few moments later, her long silvery hair flowing around her.’
      • ‘She was a wisp of a woman, barely taller than my shoulders, with silvery hair and deep blue eyes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She brushed a lock of shoulder-length silvery hair briskly behind her ear as she spoke.’
      • ‘Besides the cut and the silvery hair, he looked the same as before.’
      • ‘Her pale silvery hair and violet eyes were pretty, but other than that, she was boring.’
      • ‘There is a thin coating of make-up on her face and her silvery hair is delicately cut.’
      • ‘She glanced around her surroundings to see the thin beautiful woman combing her long silvery hair.’
      • ‘He has silvery hair, quick, hawk eyes, and a lean, slightly bent frame.’
      • ‘Her silvery hair is perfectly groomed, her make-up subtly enhancing.’
      • ‘Her silvery hair was pulled up in a neat bun.’
      • ‘His facial appearance was fair, with the placid blue eyes and short silvery hair.’
      • ‘She had long silvery hair framing her delicate face.’
      • ‘Wearing black trousers and a grey polo shirt, he is still handsome with shoulder-length silvery hair and a twinkle in the eye.’
      • ‘I made out an elderly lady, propped up, silvery hair rippling across her shoulders.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He was a 40-year-old man with silvery hair, small eyes, a small nose, a large mouth and faint wrinkles.’
    2. 1.2 (of a sound) gentle, clear, and melodious.
      ‘a little 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.’
      • ‘Cult mezzo Magdalena Kozena and silvery soprano Carolyn Sampson sound gorgeous, but are on the cool side as Paris and Cupid respectively.’
      • ‘Horace Andy takes control of the sound system with his silvery vocals.’
      • ‘Bonney's silvery clear voice is easy on the ears, and its clarity has not been obtained at the expense of personality.’
      • ‘Sure, she and partner Pete McCracken have a way around melody that's as silvery and clear as cold water.’
      • ‘She giggled, filling his ears with that same surreal silvery laugh.’
      • ‘She stopped for a moment, then broke out in silvery, childlike laughter.’
      • ‘She laughed again, a peal of silvery laughter every bit as lovely and wondrous as its owner.’
      • ‘He felt the familiar glow rise once more in his stomach at the sound of the silvery laughter.’
      • ‘A long, silvery howl echoed out over the trees, one of grief and heartrending sorrow.’
      • ‘He heard a silvery, feminine laugh nearby and turned to see who it was.’
      • ‘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 spoke that one word, which commanded acknowledgement and attention, but still managed to sound silvery and sleek.’
      • ‘She laughed her silvery laugh.’
      • ‘Katherine laughed, her silvery laugh echoing in the silent night.’
      • ‘She hummed to herself in a sweet, silvery voice.’
      • ‘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 was still struggling to breath through gales of silvery laughter, and her soulful blue eyes were narrowed to tiny slits with mirth.’
      • ‘I let out a silvery laugh which echoed through the courtyard.’
      pleasant-sounding, sweet-sounding, mellow, mellifluous, dulcet, sweet, honeyed, lyrical, silver-toned, golden, bell-like, rhythmical, lilting, pleasant, agreeable, soothing
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