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hoar

[hawr, hohr]
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noun
  1. hoarfrost; rime.
  2. a hoary coating or appearance.
adjective
  1. hoary.

Origin of hoar

before 900; Middle English hor, Old English hār; cognate with Old Norse hārr gray with age, Old Frisian hēr gray, Old High German hēr old (German hehr august, sublime)
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Examples from the Web for hoar

Historical Examples

  • At Amherst a large gathering of students listened to Senator Hoar.

    The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV

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  • How eagerly I now would pierce The gulf that groweth wild and hoar!

  • "All right, all right—not at all—not at all—" He ran on, joining the hoar and shouting wave.

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  • He did this in common with all the world, including Hoar himself.

  • Among others they quarrelled with Hoar, and drove him from office.


British Dictionary definitions for hoar

hoar

noun
  1. short for hoarfrost
adjective
  1. rare covered with hoarfrost
  2. archaic a poetic variant of hoary

Word Origin

Old English hār; related to Old Norse hārr, Old High German hēr, Old Slavonic sěrǔ grey
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Word Origin and History for hoar

adj.

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.

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