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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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Examples from the web for hoary
  • 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.
  • The sky was hoary with clouds and the gale-driven rain was coming down in great sheets.
  • Once fresh, the story is now buried under a hoary coating.
  • He was a big hoary old fellow whose duty was to warn the colony of approaching danger.
  • So there goes another beloved, hoary stereotype.
  • The jokes are both obvious and hoary.
  • The only indigenous mammals are the monk seal and the hoary bat.
British Dictionary definitions for hoary

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 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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