adjective, gray·er, gray·est.
verb (used with or without object)
- gravy boat,
- gravy train,
- gravy train, ride the,
- gray area,
- gray birch,
- gray body,
- gray card,
- gray cataract
Origin of gray1
Origin of gray2
Examples from the Web for gray
I lie and nod my head yes while wiping the tears on my gray fleece sleeve.
Then the gift card is shopped online in a gray market to collect cold currency.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks|M.L. Nestel|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Her neon blue hair is teased high with a gray stripe emerging from the front.
On Sept. 30, 2012, FWS delisted the gray wolf and transferred wildlife management to the states.
More recently, the rows of red and gray cement housing project blocks that sprouted up in the 1980s dominate the view.In Rome’s Riots, Cries for Mussolini and Attacks on Refugees|Barbie Latza Nadeau|November 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The gray man now commenced an anecdote, which I shall give in his own words.Road Scrapings: Coaches and Coaching|M. E. Haworth
He has a big, gray shawl like your own, wrapped around his shoulders.The Tree of Appomattox|Joseph A. Altsheler
Gray Cloud, in a trance, might already have frozen to death.Shaman|Robert Shea
He is middle-aged and wears somewhat ill fitting brown fur, tinged with gray, and horn-rimmed spectacles.Seeing Things at Night|Heywood Broun
Even his grizzled hair slanted forward in a stiff cowlick over his forehead, and his face bristled sharply with his gray beard.Jerome, A Poor Man|Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
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