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[ash-ee] /ˈæʃ i/
adjective, ashier, ashiest.
ash-colored; pale; wan:
an ashy complexion.
of or resembling ashes:
an ashy residue.
sprinkled or covered with ashes.
Origin of ashy
1350-1400; Middle English asshy. See ash1, -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • His cheerfulness was all gone, and he looked old and pinched and ashy.

  • His eyes were closed, his lips were blue and ashy, and his frame was motionless.

    Freaks of Fortune Oliver Optic
  • At the sound of his own name his paleness turned to an ashy yellow.

  • As his eyes fell on the form of his victim his face turned an ashy hue.

    A Dog with a Bad Name Talbot Baines Reed
  • She sees him drifting—over the black water, through the ashy light.

    The Frozen Deep Wilkie Collins
  • Her face, which had been flushed, was now ashy pale, and her lips were compressed.

  • Helene looked at her and answered with a nod; her face was ashy white with faintness, while the other's was lit up by smiles.

    A Love Episode Emile Zola
  • Then it turned to an ashy tint; it lay over the church-yard.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • Although the gravel itself was somewhat damp the bones were dry and powdery, ashy gray in color.

    Inca Land Hiram Bingham
  • Accordingly the ashy light is the reflection of our own sent back to us by the Moon.

    Astronomy for Amateurs Camille Flammarion
British Dictionary definitions for ashy


adjective ashier, ashiest
of a pale greyish colour; ashen
consisting of, covered with, or resembling ash
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Word Origin and History for ashy

late 14c., from ash (n.1) + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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