- hairy; shaggy.
- Botany, Zoology. covered with long, rather stiff hairs.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of hair.
Origin of hirsute
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Examples from the Web for hirsute
The star is not entirely to blame for his hideous, hirsute transgression.Leo, the Beard Has to Go: When a Man’s Facial Hair Reaches Crisis Point
September 22, 2014
Okay, the historical “Santa” is quite different from the hirsute character on the Hallmark cards.How Santa Hurts Christmas
December 23, 2013
Arnone is 33, hirsute and handsome, his dark looks inherited from Sicilian ancestors.The Art of the Pig
October 31, 2011
Porter finds that loving a hirsute man is also about accepting the mixed messages his hairiness might imply.
British comedienne Lucy Porter has penned a sweet tribute to hirsute men in her new book, Hairy Hunks.
What was St. Meuse to me that for her I should mow my hirsute glories?Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
The entire plant is quite fibrous and has a hirsute surface.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
There are two more species—the Pithecia hirsute and the Pithecia albicans.The Western World
With the scherzo the two hirsute faces broke into broad smiles.Robert Elsmere
Mrs. Humphry Ward
And she got herself carried ashore by the hirsute giant McVane.Patsy
S. R. Crockett
- covered with hair
- (of plants or their parts) covered with long but not stiff hairs
- (of a person) having long, thick, or untrimmed hair
Word Origin and History for hirsute
"hairy," 1620s, from Latin hirsutus "rough, shaggy, bristly," figuratively "rude, unpolished," related to hirtus "shaggy," and possibly to horrere "to bristle with fear," from PIE *ghers-tu-, from root *ghers- "to bristle" (see horror).
- Covered with hair; hairy.