- hoarfrost; rime.
- a hoary coating or appearance.
Origin of hoar
Examples from the Web for hoar
At Amherst a large gathering of students listened to Senator Hoar.
How eagerly I now would pierce The gulf that groweth wild and hoar!Enamels and Cameos and other Poems
"All right, all right—not at all—not at all—" He ran on, joining the hoar and shouting wave.The Long Roll
He did this in common with all the world, including Hoar himself.
Among others they quarrelled with Hoar, and drove him from office.
- short for hoarfrost
- rare covered with hoarfrost
- archaic a poetic variant of hoary
Word Origin and History for hoar
Old English har "hoary, gray, venerable, old," the connecting notion being gray hair, from Proto-Germanic *haira (cf. Old Norse harr "gray-haired, old," Old Saxon, Old High German her "distinguished, noble, glorious," German hehr), from PIE *kei-, source of color adjectives (see hue (n.1)). German also uses the word as a title of respect, in Herr. Of frost, it is recorded in Old English, perhaps expressing the resemblance of the white feathers of frost to an old man's beard. Used as an attribute of boundary stones in Anglo-Saxon, perhaps in reference to being gray with lichens, hence its appearance in place-names.