• WordNet 3.6
    • adj dreamy dreamy in mood or nature "a woolgathering moment"
    • adj dreamy lacking spirit or liveliness "a lackadaisical attempt","a languid mood","a languid wave of the hand","a hot languorous afternoon"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • dreamy Abounding in dreams or given to dreaming; appropriate to, or like, dreams; visionary. "The dreamy dells."
    • dreamy Like what one dreams of; wonderful; delightful; marvelous; ideal; as, a dreamy house and garden.
    • dreamy Prone to indulge in fantasy or daydreaming; as, a dreamy young girl.
    • dreamy soothing; restful; as, dreamy music.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dreamy Full of dreams; given to dreaming; relating to or associated with dreams; giving rise to dreams: as, dreamy moods.
    • dreamy Having the characteristics of a dream; consisting of or resembling idle imaginations; dream-like; vague; indistinct; visionary: as, he led a dreamy existence.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Dreamy full of dreams: appropriate to dreams: dream-like
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  • Les Brown
    “Goals are not dreamy, pie-in-the-sky ideals. They have every day practical applications and they should be practical.”
  • James Russell Lowell
    “There is no self-delusion more fatal than that which makes the conscience dreamy with the anodyne of lofty sentiments, while the life is groveling and sensual.”
  • Charles Simmons
    Charles Simmons
    “Both mind and heart when given up to reveries and dreaminess, have a thousand avenues open for the entrance of evil.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. dream, drēm, not recorded in A.S., but pointing to an assumed A.S. dréam, cog. with O. High Ger. troum, O. Norse draum, &c. This is distinct from the A.S. dréam, mirth, minstrelsy, being ultimately related to dreug-, draug-, drug-, to deceive, the radical sense therefore 'illusion.'


In literature:

He lay back upon his couch with a dreamy abstraction in his gaze.
"French and English" by Evelyn Everett-Green
Now the eyes which looked into the heavens above were sad and dreamy, and there rested in them an expression of ardent longing.
"The Northern Light" by E. Werner
There is a dreamy, intoxicating valse of Gung'l's, which he always made her keep for him when it was played.
"Bluebell" by Mrs. George Croft Huddleston
They were the only eyes I could never make dreamy.
"The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes" by Israel Zangwill
In a near tree a wood-bird sang a score of dreamy notes.
"The Voice of the People" by Ellen Glasgow
The beauty wrought in her a dreamy receptive mood.
"The Mormon Prophet" by Lily Dougall
He was simply a dreamy, half-educated youth with a mind open to the beautiful and the romantic.
"The Dreamer" by Mary Newton Stanard
As it went on, however, it became soft and dreamy.
"The Great German Composers" by George T. Ferris
Her face was unusually soft, almost dreamy.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
I was in consequence led to regard them as the imaginations of unthinking, trifling, or dreamy theologians.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
Then came a listless vacuity, a tawdry dreaminess.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 80, June, 1864" by Various
Possibly Davies may have become drowsy, dreamy, as he reclined there.
"Under Fire" by Charles King
Her eyes would be dreamy and far-away until Alec would flash his welcome.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Catherine shook off her dreaminess at once, and hurried along the path to meet her husband.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
The light outside was not bright, but soft and dreamy, like the first twilight after a rich day of summer.
"Pharaoh's Broker" by Ellsworth Douglass
There were some young girls among them; we will call them the dreamy-eyed, or the lost-in-dreams.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Leaning against a post a dreamy-eyed Mexican in tight trousers, red sash, and tall peaked hat, smoked a cigarette.
"The Sunbridge Girls at Six Star Ranch" by Eleanor H. (Eleanor Hodgman) Porter
Give me crisp winter days for writing, and the long snowy nights for dreamy slumber.
"Daisy's Necklace" by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
Is it dreamy innocence?
"A Journal of Impressions in Belgium" by May Sinclair
The dreamy expression of Brian's eyes seemed to betoken that his thoughts were far away.
"Under False Pretences" by Adeline Sergeant

In poetry:

TO outer senses there is peace,
A dreamy peace on either hand,
Deep silence in the shadowy land,
Deep silence where the shadows cease.
"Impressions II. La Fuite De La Lune" by Oscar Wilde
"He's in this room." His dreamy, clear,
Large eyes look round for God:
In vain they search, in vain they peer;
His wits are all abroad!
"The Shadows" by George MacDonald
IT LIES amongst the sleeping stones,
Far down the hidden mountain glade;
And past its brink the torrent moans
For ever in a dreamy shade.
"Mountain Moss" by Henry Kendall
A dreamy, cooling murmur went,
Like winds when spring is near,
Through all the trees, that stood intent,
And prick'd their leaves to hear.
"A Walk To Pamphy Linns" by Alexander Anderson
My little boy, with smooth, fair cheeks,
And dreamy, large, brown eyes,
Not often, little wisehead, speaks,
But hearing, weighs and tries.
"The Shadows" by George MacDonald
And down in my heart I hear it still,
Like the echoes of far-off bells;
Like the dreamy sound of a summer rill
Flowing through fairy dells.
"A Christmas Chant" by Abram Joseph Ryan

In news:

Dreamy, creamy seafood chowder at Bar Crudo.
Hip, dreamy black dude from the Pittsburgh 'hood evades loan sharks by passing himself off as square suburban businessman's long-lost childhood buddy.
Sleepwalking to Dreamy Rhythms in Sumptuous Rio.
Their EP, As Above So Below, is a slight departure from their dreamy folk pop as they explore new sonic textures.
Alex Scally (left) and Victoria Legrand have released four albums of artful, dreamy pop songs.
Beach House make dreamy jams that could be described as effortlessly cool if they weren't so damn complicated.
It is dreamy and calming with its simple lyrics and slow beats.
Interestingly enough, you don't have to care all that much about birds to get sucked into her dreamy illustrated stories of bluebirds and phoebes, titmice and ospreys.
Want to make cupcakes or other dreamy desserts for your vegan friends.
My garden is dreamy right now.
Her soaring monosyllabic utterings are matched by a dreamy palette of Eastern influences and glitchy beats--hearts are captured with one bounce of her token Troll-hair updo.
Nation wants to celebrate "not a dreamy boy, but a real man".
Little Dragon Charms With Dreamy Electro -Pop.
L.A.'s Dreamy New Three-Piece Makes Their Santa Barbara Debut.
P.nk strolls the French countryside in her lingerie in this dreamy video for 'Blow Me (One Last Kiss)', the lead single from her upcoming album The Truth About Love.

In science:

The dreamy musings of the previous paragraph are sub ject to the sharp criticism that having a strongly broken gauge symmetry is as useless as having no symmetry at all.
String duality, automorphic forms, and generalized Kac-Moody algebras