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hoary

[hawr-ee, hohr-ee] /ˈhɔr i, ˈhoʊr i/
adjective, 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 dinner again tonight.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; hoar + -y1
Related forms
hoarily, adverb
hoariness, noun
unhoary, adjective
Synonyms
1. grizzled, grizzly; hoar. 2. old, dated, aged; venerated, revered.
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British Dictionary definitions for hoariness

hoary

/ˈhɔːrɪ/
adjective hoarier, hoariest
1.
having grey or white hair
2.
white or whitish-grey in colour
3.
ancient or venerable
Derived Forms
hoarily, adverb
hoariness, noun
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Word Origin and History for hoariness

hoary

adj.

1510s, "gray or white with age" (of hair); c.1600 as "venerable, ancient;" from hoar + -y (2). Related: Hoariness.

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