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[kar-uh-tee] /ˈkær ə ti/
like a carrot, as in color, flavor, or shape.
Origin of carroty
1690-1700; carrot + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Who is Miss Jewsberry, who has carroty hair and writes novels?

    Letters to an Unknown Prosper Mrime
  • “I should hardly call it carroty,” contended the Philosopher.

    Tea-Table Talk Jerome K. Jerome
  • He had what his mamma called beautiful auburn locks, but what other people said were carroty; not before the mother, of course.

  • For a moment I let her stroke my carroty hair, which she liked.

    A Man in the Open Roger Pocock
  • Hicks received a ball in his jaw, and was half choked by a quantity of carroty whisker forced down his throat with the ball.

    Burlesques William Makepeace Thackeray
  • He's like a blooming Sheeny, with a carroty beard and gold gig-lamps!

    John Thorndyke's Cases R. Austin Freeman
  • Mrs. Ross came, however, and she brought with her Kenneth to be a solemn and freckled and carroty page.

    Sinister Street, vol. 2 Compton Mackenzie
  • He would red-ochre it for a carroty cranium of a comic countryman, and he admitted once to black-leading it.

  • The lad's hair was inclined to be carroty, while that of the girl suggested the color of oats.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • Over behind the stove was a tall, awkward boy with carroty hair and small, dark eyes set much aslant in the saddest of faces.

    Two Little Savages Ernest Thompson Seton
British Dictionary definitions for carroty


of a reddish or yellowish-orange colour
having red hair
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for carroty

1690s, "red-haired," from carrot (n.) + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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