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ashy

[ash-ee]
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adjective, ash·i·er, ash·i·est.
  1. ash-colored; pale; wan: an ashy complexion.
  2. of or resembling ashes: an ashy residue.
  3. sprinkled or covered with ashes.
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Origin of ashy

First recorded in 1350–1400, ashy is from the Middle English word asshy. See ash1, -y1
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Related Words for ashy

ashen, blanched, colorless, livid, lurid, pallid, pasty, wan, waxen, white

Examples from the Web for ashy

Historical Examples of ashy

  • That face, now ashy white, was distorted into a diabolical grin.

    Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates

    Howard Pyle

  • His face was worn and ashy, but his eyes burned with a piteous fire.

    The Scapegoat

    Hall Caine

  • Her face, which had been flushed, was now ashy pale, and her lips were compressed.

  • Then it turned to an ashy tint; it lay over the church-yard.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • Paul strode about the room in silence, ashy pale, his face convulsed and ugly.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine


British Dictionary definitions for ashy

ashy

adjective ashier or ashiest
  1. of a pale greyish colour; ashen
  2. consisting of, covered with, or resembling ash
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Word Origin and History for ashy

adj.

late 14c., from ash (n.1) + -y (2).

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