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Misty,-ie, a. Also: mistye, misté, mysty(e, -ie. [ME. misty, mysty, OE. mistiᵹ.]

1. Misty; clouded by, or consisting of, mist. Phebus with his bemys Consumit had the mysty cloudis gray; Henr. Fab. 866 (Bann.).
Id. Test. Cress. 18.
With mystie vapouris, cluddis and skyis; Dunb. lxix. 3.
Ane catar generit of the cras and thik mysty aire; Boece iv. xi. 142b.
The are was … clowdy & mystye; Ib. xi. iv. 411.
Ane mysty mornyng in symmyr; Compl. 140/5.
Ib. 59/12.
When lo the nicht with mistie mantles spred Gan dark the day; a 1550 Misc. Spald. C. II. xxix.
Synthea … ouer hir visage kest ane mistye vaill; Lynd. Mon. 155.
Montg. Ch. & Slae 44 (Wr.).
The weather being soe mistie; 1674 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Processes No. 206.

b. Resembling mist, cloudy. Of the quhilk thare come out sik a mysty smoke of hidous reik; Hay I. 27/25.
Apon sik wys oncertanly we went Thre days wilsum throu the mysty streym; Doug. iii. iii. 105.

c. Covered in mist. Belyve the mysty toppys of Mont Lewcus Apperis; Doug. iii. iv. 123.

d. In fig. context. — In misty dirknes of warldlie warians; Contempl. Sinn. 429.

2. fig. a. Obscure, unclear, vague, difficult to understand, puzzling. Wynt. ii. 319 (C) (see Mistik a. 2).
Qwhat signyfyide that mysty worde; Ib. vii. 473 (C).
The lawe sais tha in sik mysty aventuris is lytill remede; Hay I. 245/23.
Clos bataill is rycht perilous and mysty to be jugit be ignoraunt men; Ib. 284/25.
Quhare the law that is made is vnclere & mysty; 1481 Acts II. 133/2.
1482 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV. 35.
A instrument of the remitt of xl merkis quhilk … wes haldin obscure and miste to the lordis of consale; 1490 Acta Conc. I. 148/1.
Thir twa forsaid [judgements] … Quhilkis ar bot halflang, misty & secret; Contempl. Sinn. 676.
Jhesus fulfillit & declarit all prophesis and misty scriptouris; Asl. MS. I. 314/27.
Maister Alexander Galloway … gevand his mind … to serche the verite of thir obscure and misty dowtis; Bell. Boece I. xlix.
Becaus it [the letter] is sumthing mistie and generall; 1585–6 Montgomery Mem. 225.
With mistie fables … they make mair darke and mistie than thay make cleir; Dalr. I. 68/17, 18.

b. Of the mind: Clouded, dim. My waverand wyt, my cunnyng febill at all, My mynd mysty; Doug. i. Prol. 32.

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