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hoary Explained

hoary at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


hoary at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1520, "grey or white with age" (of hair), 1609 as "venerable, ancient." See hoar. ///

hoary at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

adj [Date: 1500-1600; Origin: hoar; HOARFROST]//
1 [usually before noun] a hoary joke, remark etc is so well-known that people no longer find it amusing or interesting: --Not that hoary old chestnut (=old idea, joke, remark etc) again.//
2 old-fashioned grey or white in colour, especially through age:

hoary at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

109 Moby Thesaurus words for "hoary":
acknowledged, admitted, advanced, advanced in life,
advanced in years, age-old, aged, ageless, along in years, ancient,
antediluvian, antique, argent, argentine, auld, canescent, chalky,
conventional, cretaceous, customary, dateless, elderly,
established, fixed, fleecy-white, folk, frost-beaded,
frost-chequered, frost-covered, frost-fettered, frost-rent,
frostbound, frosted, frostlike, frosty, frosty-faced, gray,
gray with age, gray-haired, gray-headed, grizzled, grizzly,
grown old, hallowed, handed down, heroic, hoar, hoar-frosted,
hoaryheaded, immemorial, inveterate, lactescent, legendary,
lily-white, long-established, long-standing, marble, marmoreal,
milky, mythological, niveous, of long standing, of old,
of the folk, of yore, old, old as Methuselah, old as history,
old as time, old-time, olden, oral, patriarchal, platinum,
prescriptive, pure white, received, recognized, rime-frosted,
rimed, rooted, senectuous, silver, silver-bearded, silver-headed,
silvered, silvery, snow-white, snowy, swan-white, time-honored,
timeless, timeworn, traditional, tried and true, true-blue,
understood, unwritten, venerable, white, white as snow,
white with age, white-bearded, white-crowned, white-haired,
worshipful, wrinkled, wrinkly, years old

hoary at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[ADJ] (Whiteness): white, milk-white, snow-white, snowy, candid, chalky, hoary, silvery, whitish, creamy, pearly, fair, blond, blanched, light, white as driven snow, white as a ghost.

hoary at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

adjective [usually before noun]
1 (old-fashioned) very old and well known and therefore no longer interesting:
a hoary old joke
2 (literary) (especially of hair) grey or white because a person is old:
His hair was a hoary white.

Hoary at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Hoary \Hoar"y\, a.
1. White or whitish. ``The hoary willows.'' --Addison.

2. White or gray with age; hoar; as, hoary hairs.

Reverence the hoary head. --Dr. T.

3. Hence, remote in time past; as, hoary antiquity.

4. Moldy; mossy; musty. [Obs.] --Knolles.

5. (Zo["o]l.) Of a pale silvery gray.

6. (Bot.) Covered with short, dense, grayish white hairs;

{Hoary bat} (Zo["o]l.), an American bat ({Atalapha cinerea}),
having the hair yellowish, or brown, tipped with white.

hoary at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

adj 1: showing characteristics of age, especially having gray or
white hair; "whose beard with age is hoar"-Coleridge;
"nodded his hoary head" [syn: {gray}, {grey}, {gray-haired},
{grey-haired}, {gray-headed}, {grey-headed}, {grizzly},
{hoar}, {white-haired}]
2: ancient; "hoary jokes" [syn: {rusty}]
3: covered with fine whitish hairs or down [syn: {canescent}]
[also: {hoariest}, {hoarier}]

hoary at English (WD) Of Explained:

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Inter: suffix » hoar|y


* Inter: a » UK Inter: IPA » /hɔː.ɹi/
  • Inter: a » US Inter: IPA » /hɔɹ.i/
  • : Inter: rhymes » ɔːri
  • Inter: audio » en-us-hoary.ogg|Audio (US)


    Inter: en-adj » hoarier|hoariest

  • white or gray with age
    1. : The old man bowed his hoary head in acquiescence.
    2. 1787, Category: w - :John Rippon|John Rippon, "How Firm a Foundation":
    3. : And when hoary hairs shall their temples adorn,
    4. : Like lambs they shall still in My bosom be borne.
    5. Inter: zoolog » y of a pale silvery gray.
    6. Inter: botan » y covered with short, dense, grayish white hairs; canescent
    7. Inter: obsolet » e remote in time past
    8. Inter: obsolet » e moldy; mossy; musty
    9. old, or old-fashioned
    10. Inter: quote-news »

    |date=June 3
    |author=Nathan Rabin
    |title=TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “Mr. Plow” (season 4, episode 9; originally aired 11/19/1992)
    |passage=In its God-like prime, The Simpsons attacked well-worn satirical fodder from unexpected angles, finding fresh laughs in the hoariest of subjects.

    Related terms

    * hoar

    Derived terms

    * hoarily
    • hoariness


      Inter: trans-top » white or gray with age
    • Latgalian: Inter: tø » ltg|sierms
    • Latvian: Inter: t- » lv|sirms
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|седой

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