- ash-colored; gray.
- extremely pale; drained of color; pallid: His face was ashen.
- consisting of ashes.
Origin of ashen1
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1. ashy. 2. pasty, colorless.
- pertaining to the ash tree or its timber.
- made of wood from the ash tree.
Origin of ashen2
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Examples from the Web for ashen
They forecast an endless and ashen winter for the country that began as a brilliant idea.Richard Hofstadter and America’s New Wave of Anti-Intellectualism
March 9, 2014
Jerry Sandusky was alert but ashen as he stood at the defense table to hear his fate.Sandusky Guilty Verdict: What's Next for Jerry
June 23, 2012
When the ashen Silda Spitzer appeared with her husband Eliot, it was the last straw.Weinergate: Men Will Always Cheat
June 17, 2011
Slowly, faintly, the colour crept back into that ashen face.Captain Blood
From red that she had been, she was now ashen under her rouge.The Lion's Skin
She stared at him with an ashen face and gulped twice before she could speak.The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Conan Doyle
At noon there was no sunshine, only a wan, ashen light that suffused the sky.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
My face must have been ashen, for Sam put a hand on my shoulder.The Pirate of Panama
William MacLeod Raine
- drained of colour; pallid
- consisting of or resembling ashes
- of a pale greyish colour
- of, relating to, or made from the ash tree or its timber
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Word Origin and History for ashen
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