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[kar-uh-tee] /ˈkær ə ti/
like a carrot, as in color, flavor, or shape.
Origin of carroty
First recorded in 1690-1700; carrot + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for carroty
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  • The lad's hair was inclined to be carroty, while that of the girl suggested the color of oats.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • “I should hardly call it carroty,” contended the Philosopher.

    Tea-Table Talk Jerome K. Jerome
  • There was no mistaking that dauntless grin and the mop of carroty hair.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer Ralph D. Paine
  • Who is Miss Jewsberry, who has carroty hair and writes novels?

    Letters to an Unknown Prosper Mrime
  • Yes, even ‘carroty’ is thrown at me when I do anything to make Ned mad.

    Dorothy Dale's Great Secret Margaret Penrose
  • carroty Bill” is raised on it, and a small procession is formed.

    Here and There in London J. Ewing Ritchie
  • For a moment I let her stroke my carroty hair, which she liked.

    A Man in the Open Roger Pocock
  • He's like a blooming Sheeny, with a carroty beard and gold gig-lamps!

    John Thorndyke's Cases R. Austin Freeman
  • I perfectly well recollect her when I was at home—a great, gawky, carroty creature, with a foot like a pair of bellows.

    The Virginians William Makepeace Thackeray
  • He would red-ochre it for a carroty cranium of a comic countryman, and he admitted once to black-leading it.

British Dictionary definitions for carroty


of a reddish or yellowish-orange colour
having red hair
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Word Origin and History for carroty

1690s, "red-haired," from carrot (n.) + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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