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[grey] /greɪ/
adjective, greyer, greyest, noun, verb (used with or without object)
gray1 .
Related forms
greyly, adverb
greyness, noun
ungreyed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for greyness
Historical Examples
  • Quest was dark, with no sign of greyness in his closely-trimmed black hair.

    The Black Box E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • The greyness deepened over Austin's face and the pain in his eyes.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • Through the greyness we see him very well beyond it in the glow of the fire.

    Echoes of the War J. M. Barrie
  • Mr. Don looks into the greyness from which this voice comes, and he sees his son.

    Echoes of the War J. M. Barrie
  • The other's eyes dropped, and a greyness stole over his features.

    Northern Lights, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • It seemed that the sun was going to chase away the greyness.

    Romola George Eliot
  • But Daddy Skinner was once more gazing into the dark rafters, his jaws apart, the greyness of death settling about his mouth.

    The Secret of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
  • The greyness and rawness of their environment are not touched upon.

    Australian Writers Desmond Byrne
  • Even her hair felt it, and settled down unchecked to greyness.

  • The Sunday dinner may have had its share in his despair—and the greyness of the sky.

British Dictionary definitions for greyness


Charles, 2nd Earl Grey. 1764–1845, British statesman. As Whig prime minister (1830–34), he carried the Reform Bill of 1832 and the bill for the abolition of slavery throughout the British Empire (1833)
Sir Edward, 1st Viscount Grey of Fallodon. 1862–1933, British statesman; foreign secretary (1905–16)
Sir George. 1812–98, British statesman and colonial administrator; prime minister of New Zealand (1877–79)
Lady Jane. 1537–54, queen of England (July 9–19, 1553); great-granddaughter of Henry VII. Her father-in-law, the Duke of Northumberland, persuaded Edward VI to alter the succession in her favour, but after ten days as queen she was imprisoned and later executed
Zane. 1875–1939, US author of Westerns, including Riders of the Purple Sage (1912)


of a neutral tone, intermediate between black and white, that has no hue and reflects and transmits only a little light
greyish in colour or having parts or marks that are greyish
dismal or dark, esp from lack of light; gloomy
neutral or dull, esp in character or opinion
having grey hair
of or relating to people of middle age or above: grey power
ancient; venerable
(of textiles) natural, unbleached, undyed, and untreated
any of a group of grey tones
grey cloth or clothing: dressed in grey
an animal, esp a horse, that is grey or whitish
to become or make grey
Derived Forms
greyish, (mainly US) grayish, adjective
greyly, (mainly US) grayly, adverb
greyness, (mainly US) grayness, noun
Word Origin
Old English grǣg; related to Old High German grāo, Old Norse grar
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for greyness


see gray.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with greyness


see: gray
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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