hoary

[hawr-ee, hohr-ee]
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:
1520–30; hoar + -y1

hoarily, adverb
hoariness, noun
unhoary, adjective


1. grizzled, grizzly; hoar. 2. old, dated, aged; venerated, revered.
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hoary (ˈhɔːrɪ)
 
adj , hoarier, hoariest
1.  having grey or white hair
2.  white or whitish-grey in colour
3.  ancient or venerable
 
'hoarily
 
adv
 
'hoariness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

hoary
1520, "grey or white with age" (of hair), 1609 as "venerable, ancient." See hoar.
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Example sentences
The tips of many hairs are white, giving an overall frosted, hoary appearance.
This particular animal, the hoary bat, prefers trees to caves and doesn't
  socialize with its fellows.
Of course, I'm not the first hoary writer to make the bestseller lists for the
  first time.
While others huddle in caves come winter, the hoary bat uses its superior
  flying ability to migrate to warmer climes.
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