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

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  • 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… …   Wikipedia

  • 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

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hoary — [adj1] ancient aged, age old, antiquated, antique, elderly, lot of mileage*, old, older, oldfashioned, oldie*, out of date, relic, rusty, timeworn, venerable, very old; concepts 578,797 hoary [adj2] gray or white frosty, gray haired, graying,… …   New thesaurus

  • 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

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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… …   Universalium

  • 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 …   Wiktionary

  • 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

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