Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Definitions for hoary
- Tedious from familiarity; stale.
- Gray or white with age.
- Ancient or venerable.
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Citations for hoary
Compare that with the elements of a musical in about 1920: the star in a cliche story that was merely a framing device for generic musical numbers, hoary joke-book gags, and the usual specialty performers in a staging more often than not by a hack.
Had Mozart lived to the hoary old age of 73, he might indeed have fallen out of favor in an era besotted with Rossini, becoming a "largely forgotten, neglected, unperformed composer."
Origin of hoary
Hoary derives from Middle English hor, from Old English har, "gray; old (and gray-haired)."