Origin of carroty

First recorded in 1690–1700; carrot + -y1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for carroty

Historical Examples of carroty

  • The lad's hair was inclined to be carroty, while that of the girl suggested the color of oats.


    Emile Zola

  • “I should hardly call it carroty,” contended the Philosopher.

    Tea-Table Talk

    Jerome K. Jerome

  • There was no mistaking that dauntless grin and the mop of carroty hair.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer

    Ralph D. Paine

  • Who is Miss Jewsberry, who has carroty hair and writes novels?

  • Yes, even ‘carroty’ is thrown at me when I do anything to make Ned mad.

British Dictionary definitions for carroty


  1. of a reddish or yellowish-orange colour
  2. having red hair
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Word Origin and History for carroty

1690s, "red-haired," from carrot (n.) + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper