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Study > Adjectives that don't Compare

Now updated for CSW15, removing many adjectives that in CSW15 now compare where they didn't before. New words, if any, and new inflections of existing words, are shown in red.

a) 2-syllable adjectives in -Y

bleaky Bleak.
blooey (Sl.) out of order.
busky (Shakesp.) bushy.
cheerly Gay; cheerful.
deawy (Spenser) dewy.
deely As in deely boppers, a hairband with two bobbing antennae-like projections.
dormy In golf, as many strokes ahead as there are holes to play.
dreadly Dreadful.
fleury Having fleur-de-lis.
flooey Awry.
frory Frozen.
goary (Milton) gory.
griesy (Spenser) grisly.
grisy (Spenser) grey.
gryesy (Spenser) grey.
guly (Obs.) of colour gules (heraldic red).
hugy (Arch.) huge, vast.
laithly (Scots)loathsome.
leany (Spenser) lean.
lionly Like a lion; fierce.
loathy (Arch.) loathsome.
mifty (Obs.) quick to take offence.
nitry Containing nitre.
nowy Having a convex curvature near the middle.
only ONLIEST but no ONLIER*.
paty Having expanded crossed arms.
pily Divided into wedge shapes.
plurry (Coll.) bloody.
primy (Shakesp.) in one's prime, blooming.
prismy Pertaining to a PRISM.
purfly (Carlyle) short-winded.
roguy Roguish.
saughy Full of saughs, willows.
sleepry (Scots) sleepy.
sonly Pertaining to a SON.
spoffy (Arch.) officious.
startly Of a horse, apt to start.
swarty Swarthy; tawny.
tenny Orange-brown.
thristy (Spenser) thirsty.
urdy Pointed, with a pattern of points.
viewly (Dial.) pleasing to look at.
yawey Pertaining to YAWS, the disease.
yesty (Obs.) yeasty.

b) Other non-comparing adjectives that may mislead

antiquey Somewhat antique.
arrowy Like an arrow, in shape, motion, etc.
averse Opposed, reluctant.
azury Azure.
balsamy Like balsam.
biggety Conceited.
blankety Damned.
blooie (Sl.) out of order.
blossomy Full of blossoms; flowery.
brickle Brittle.
buttony Ornamented with a large number of buttons.
cabbagey Like a cabbage.
cabbagy Like a cabbage.
cankery Like a canker.
chirrupy Cheerful, chatty.
cidery Like cider.
cindery Having the nature of cinders.
circusy Like a circus.
circussy Like a circus.
citrussy Like citrus.
citrusy Like citrus.
clattery Making a clattering noise.
clovery Like clover.
clustery Growing in or full of clusters.
cluttery Full of clutter.
colory Full of colour.
coloury Full of colour.
conceity Full of conceit.
coppery Like copper.
cousinly Like or becoming a cousin.
crouse (Scots) lively, pert, arrogant.
dawney (Irish) dull or slow.
deawie (Spenser) dewy.
dormie IN golf, as many strokes ahead as there are holes to play.
dowf (Scots) dull, heavy, spiritless.
erect upright. There is a noun ERECTER (also ERECTOR): one who erects. But no ERECTEST*.
faggoty (Sl.) homosexual.
fap Intoxicated, fuddled.
ferrety Like a ferret.
finite Limited.
flavory Full of flavor.
flavoury Full of flavour.
flooie Awry.
flustery Confused.
frack (Scots) prompt, eager.
frolicky Frolicsome.
furrowy Furrowed.
fusc Brown, dingy.
gingery Of or like GINGER; sandy in colour.
gossipy Full of, or given to, gossip.
grushie (Scots) healthy, thriving.
hazelly Of the color of the hazelnut; of a light brown.
histie (Scots) dry, barren.
hirstie (Scots) dry, barren.
kitteny Like a kitten.
marrowy Full of marrow; pithy.
mischancy Unlucky, happening amiss.
parchmenty Like parchment.
pavid Afraid.
pillowy Like a pillow.
plastery Like plaster.
queint (Obs.) quaint.
resiny Full of resin.
rhubarby Like rhubarb.
rivery Like a river; full of rivers.
rogue Mischievous; diverging from accepted norms.
rollicky Boisterous.
rosiny Like ROSIN, or having its qualities.
satiny Like satin.
scattery Dispersed; sparse.
seld Rare; uncommon; unusual. Cf. SELDSEEN, SELDSHOWN.
sleepery (Scots) sleepy.
smittle (Scots) infectious.
snickery Tending to snicker.
spluttery Given to spluttering.
sprack Quick; lively; alert.
sprag Quick; lively; alert. Also a verb, so SPRAGS, SPRAGGED, SPRAGGING.
sprush Spruce, neat. Also a verb, so SPRUSHES, SPRUSHING, SPRUSHED.
squiff (Coll.) tipsy, drunk. No comp, but SQUIFFER is valid as a noun.
swack (Scots) pliant, nimble.
swart Black.
swinging Has superlative SWINGINGEST but not comparative SWINGINGER*.
teachie (Obs.) tetchy.
tigery Like a tiger.
vapory Full of vapors; vaporous.
vapoury Full of vapours; vaporous.
void Empty. No VOIDEST: there is VOIDER, but it is a noun.
yald (Scots) active, nimble.
yauld (Scots) active, nimble.