adjective, ash·i·er, ash·i·est.

ash-colored; pale; wan: an ashy complexion.
of or resembling ashes: an ashy residue.
sprinkled or covered with ashes.

Origin of ashy

First recorded in 1350–1400, ashy is from the Middle English word asshy. See ash1, -y1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ashy

Historical Examples of ashy

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

  • 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


adjective ashier or ashiest

of a pale greyish colour; ashen
consisting of, covered with, or resembling ash
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Word Origin and History for ashy

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

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