- covered with hair; having much hair.
- consisting of or resembling hair: moss of a hairy texture.
- causing anxiety or fright: a hairy trip through the rapids.
- full of hardship or difficulty: a hairy exam; a hairy illness.
Origin of hairy
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1. furry, woolly, shaggy.
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Examples from the Web for hairy
His play The Hairy Ape, the agent noted, “could easily lend itself to radical propaganda.”Was the Unabomber a Eugene O’Neill Fan?
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As The Guardian noted, Cameron Diaz was telling adorable anecdotes about forcibly grooming a hairy friend just under a year ago.Madonna Took a Selfie of Her Hairy Armpit. So What?
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Here, the brainiacs were ridiculed and the hairy nimble beasts ruled the day.This Is Why Your Kid Is Fat
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Each gig was a different situation, some hairy, some boring, most both in alternating fashion.Glen Doherty Obituary: Navy SEAL Killed in Libya
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I could feel the hairy shoulder of the moose and across his antlers Nukéwis calling me.The Trail Book
Then Linda turned and laid a hand on each of Katy's hairy red arms.Her Father's Daughter
Then it is iced by applying warm water with a bit of hairy deerskin.The Long Labrador Trail
His fingers were in that hairy throat, where they had itched to twine.
He kicked it from the reach of that hairy paw and sprang after it.
- having or covered with hair
- difficult or problematic
- scaring, dangerous, or exciting
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Word Origin and History for hairy
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Covered with hair or hairlike projections.
- Consisting of or resembling hair.
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