hairy

[hair-ee]
adjective, hairier, hairiest.
1.
covered with hair; having much hair.
2.
consisting of or resembling hair: moss of a hairy texture.
3.
Informal.
a.
causing anxiety or fright: a hairy trip through the rapids.
b.
full of hardship or difficulty: a hairy exam; a hairy illness.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English heeri. See hair, -y1

hairiness, noun
unhairiness, noun
unhairy, adjective


1. furry, woolly, shaggy.
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hairy (ˈhɛərɪ)
 
adj , hairier, hairiest
1.  having or covered with hair
2.  slang
 a.  difficult or problematic
 b.  scaring, dangerous, or exciting
 
'hairiness
 
n

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hairy hair·y (hâr'ē)
adj. hair·i·er, hair·i·est

  1. Covered with hair or hairlike projections.

  2. Consisting of or resembling hair.

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hairy definition


1. Annoyingly complicated. "DWIM is incredibly hairy."
2. Incomprehensible. "DWIM is incredibly hairy."
3. Of people, high-powered, authoritative, rare, expert, and/or incomprehensible. Hard to explain except in context: "He knows this hairy lawyer who says there's nothing to worry about." See also hirsute.
The adjective "long-haired" is well-attested to have been in slang use among scientists and engineers during the early 1950s; it was equivalent to modern "hairy" and was very likely ancestral to the hackish use. In fact the noun "long-hair" was at the time used to describe a hairy person. Both senses probably passed out of use when long hair was adopted as a signature trait by the 1960s counterculture, leaving hackish "hairy" as a sort of stunted mutant relic.
4. hairy ball.
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Example sentences
Though beards and hairy legs may be unwanted, head hair is greatly desired.
Hairy tongue is a harmless condition in which the tongue looks hairy or furry.
Not if the face you're looking at has a hairy wart on the tip of its nose.
Tarantulas give some people the creeps because of their large, hairy bodies and
  legs.
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