hoary

  • 1 Hoary — may refer to: *hoary, white or grey with age *Hoary bat, a hairy tailed bat (genus Lasiurus) in the family of vesper bats (Vespertilionidae) *Hoary catshark, a cat shark of the family Scyliorhinidae found in the western central Atlantic from the… …

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  • 2 Hoary — Hoar y, a. 1. White or whitish. The hoary willows. Addison. [1913 Webster] 2. White or gray with age; hoar; as, hoary hairs. [1913 Webster] Reverence the hoary head. Dr. T. Dwight. [1913 Webster] 3. Hence, remote in time past; as, hoary antiquity …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 hoary — [adj1] ancient aged, age old, antiquated, antique, elderly, lot of mileage*, old, older, oldfashioned, oldie*, out of date, relic, rusty, timeworn, venerable, very old; concepts 578,797 hoary [adj2] gray or white frosty, gray haired, graying,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 4 hoary — [hôr′ēhed΄idhôr′ē] adj. hoarier, hoariest [ HOAR + Y2] 1. white, gray, or grayish white 2. having white or gray hair because very old: also hoary headed [hôr′ēhed΄id] 3. very old; ancient hoarily …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 hoary — index elderly, old Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 6 hoary — 1510s, gray or white with age (of hair); c.1600 as venerable, ancient; from HOAR (Cf. hoar) + Y (Cf. y) (2). Related: Hoariness …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 hoary — ► ADJECTIVE (hoarier, hoariest) 1) greyish white. 2) having grey hair; aged. 3) old and trite. DERIVATIVES hoarily adverb hoariness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 hoary — UK [ˈhɔːrɪ] / US [ˈhɔrɪ] adjective Word forms hoary : adjective hoary comparative hoarier superlative hoariest 1) a hoary joke has been told many times before and is no longer funny 2) literary a hoary person is old and has white hair …

    English dictionary

  • 9 hoary — hoarily, adv. hoariness, n. /hawr ee, hohr ee/, adj., hoarier, hoariest. 1. gray or white with age: an old dog with a hoary muzzle. 2. ancient or venerable: hoary myths. 3. tedious from familiarity; stale: Please don t tell that hoary joke at… …

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  • 10 hoary — adjective /hɔː.ɹi,hɔɹ.i/ a) white or gray with age The old man bowed his hoary head in acquiescence. b) of a pale silvery gray. And when hoary hairs shall their temples adorn, See Also: hoar …

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  • 11 hoary — hoar|y [ˈho:ri] adj [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: hoar; HOARFROST] 1.) [usually before noun] a hoary joke, remark etc is so well known that people no longer find it amusing or interesting ▪ Not that hoary old chestnut (=old idea, joke, remark etc)… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 hoary — hoar|y [ hɔri ] adjective 1. ) a hoary joke has been told many times before and is no longer funny 2. ) LITERARY a hoary person is old and has white hair …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 hoary — [[t]hɔ͟ːri[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n If you describe a problem or subject as hoary, you mean that it is old and familiar. ...the hoary old myth that women are unpredictable …

    English dictionary

  • 14 hoary — adjective 1) hoary cobwebs Syn: grayish white, gray, white, snowy, silver, silvery; frosty; literary rimy 2) a hoary old man Syn: gray haired, white haired, silver haired, grizzled; …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 15 hoary — hoar•y [[t]ˈhɔr i, ˈhoʊr i[/t]] adj. hoar•i•er, hoar•i•est 1) gray or white with age 2) ancient or venerable: hoary myths[/ex] 3) tedious from familiarity; stale: a hoary joke[/ex] • Etymology: 1520–30 hoar′i•ness, n …

    From formal English to slang

  • 16 hoary — adjective (hoarier; est) Date: 1530 1. gray or white with or as if with age 2. extremely old ; ancient < hoary legends > • hoariness noun …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 hoary — adj. (hoarier, hoariest) 1 a (of hair) grey or white with age. b having such hair; aged. 2 old and trite (a hoary joke). 3 Bot. & Zool. covered with short white hairs. Derivatives: hoarily adv. hoariness n …

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  • 18 hoary — Synonyms and related words: acknowledged, admitted, advanced, advanced in life, advanced in years, age old, aged, ageless, along in years, ancient, antediluvian, antique, argent, argentine, auld, canescent, chalky, conventional, cretaceous,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 hoary — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. old, aged, venerable, ancient; frosty, white; gray[ed]. See age. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. ancient, aged, antique; see old 1 , 3 . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. 1. white or gray salt and… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 hoary —  Not ey. Gray or aged …

    Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors