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hoar

[hawr, hohr] /hɔr, hoʊr/
noun
1.
hoarfrost; rime.
2.
a hoary coating or appearance.
adjective
3.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English hor, Old English hār; cognate with Old Norse hārr gray with age, Old Frisian hēr gray, Old High German hēr old (German hehr august, sublime)
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British Dictionary definitions for hoarest

hoar

/hɔː/
noun
1.
short for hoarfrost
adjective
2.
(rare) covered with hoarfrost
3.
(archaic) a poetic variant of hoary
Word Origin
Old English hār; related to Old Norse hārr, Old High German hēr, Old Slavonic sěrǔ grey
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Word Origin and History for hoarest

hoar

adj.

Old English har "hoary, gray, venerable, old," the connecting notion being gray hair, from Proto-Germanic *haira (cf. Old Norse harr "gray-haired, old," Old Saxon, Old High German her "distinguished, noble, glorious," German hehr), from PIE *kei-, source of color adjectives (see hue (n.1)). German also uses the word as a title of respect, in Herr. Of frost, it is recorded in Old English, perhaps expressing the resemblance of the white feathers of frost to an old man's beard. Used as an attribute of boundary stones in Anglo-Saxon, perhaps in reference to being gray with lichens, hence its appearance in place-names.

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