adjective, gray·er, gray·est.
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of gray1
Origin of gray2
Related Words for graydusty, drab, grey, silvery, stone, lead, slate, neutral, pearly, powder, iron, dappled, shaded, clouded, ash, heather, silvered, Dove, oyster, ashen
Examples from the Web for gray
Contemporary Examples of gray
I lie and nod my head yes while wiping the tears on my gray fleece sleeve.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
Then the gift card is shopped online in a gray market to collect cold currency.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks
December 19, 2014
Caller: “He has a gray, gray coat with black sleeves and gray pants on.”The Cleveland Cops Who Fired 137 Shots and Cried Victim
December 2, 2014
Her neon blue hair is teased high with a gray stripe emerging from the front.Whip It: Secrets of a Dominatrix
November 25, 2014
On Sept. 30, 2012, FWS delisted the gray wolf and transferred wildlife management to the states.What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear
November 23, 2014
Historical Examples of gray
It faded soon into a gray fog, with puffs of wind from the southwest again.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Gray Peter had been fresher than Sally at the end of the run of the day before.Way of the Lawless
"We'll let the men wrestle with the unpacking, girls," decided Mrs. Gray.
"I think I'll wait for you on the veranda, children," said Mrs. Gray.
Then I come on a slab of gray stone upstanding about fifteen feet.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
adjective, noun, verb
Word Origin for gray
Old English græg (Mercian grei), from Proto-Germanic *grisja- "gray" (cf. Old Norse grar, Old Frisian gre, Middle Dutch gra, Dutch graw, Old High German grao, German grau), with no certain cognates outside Germanic. French gris, Spanish gris, Italian grigio, Medieval Latin griseus are Germanic loan-words.
The distinction between British grey and U.S. gray developed 20c. The noun is c.1200, from the adjective. Gray as figurative for "Southern troops in the U.S. Civil War" is first recorded 1863, in reference to their uniform color. Expression the gray mare is the better horse in reference to households ruled by wives is recorded from 1540s. The verb is 1610s (with an isolated instance from late 14c.). Related: Grayed; graying.
In addition to the idioms beginning with gray
- gray area
- gray matter
- get gray hair from