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[ash-ee] /ˈæʃ i/
adjective, ashier, ashiest.
ash-colored; pale; wan:
an ashy complexion.
of or resembling ashes:
an ashy residue.
sprinkled or covered with ashes.
Origin of ashy
First recorded in 1350-1400, ashy is from the Middle English word asshy. See ash1, -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • That face, now ashy white, was distorted into a diabolical grin.

  • His face was worn and ashy, but his eyes burned with a piteous fire.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • Her face, which had been flushed, was now ashy pale, and her lips were compressed.

  • Then it turned to an ashy tint; it lay over the church-yard.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • Paul strode about the room in silence, ashy pale, his face convulsed and ugly.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • Only her face was ashy pale, and her whitening lips quivered.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • She was leaning her head on her hand, and her face was ashy pale.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • Natalie's ashy face and the word croup, acted like a talisman.

    Isabel Leicester Clotilda Jennings
  • His eyes were closed, his lips were blue and ashy, and his frame was motionless.

    Freaks of Fortune Oliver Optic
  • Jack's face was ashy pale, but his eyes burnt as if with some hidden fire.

British Dictionary definitions for ashy


adjective ashier, ashiest
of a pale greyish colour; ashen
consisting of, covered with, or resembling ash
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Word Origin and History for ashy

late 14c., from ash (n.1) + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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