Origin of gray1
OTHER WORDS FROM graygrayly; especially British, greyly, adverbgrayness; especially British, greyness, nounun·grayed; especially British, un·greyed, adjective
Words nearby gray
Other definitions for gray (2 of 3)
Origin of gray2
Other definitions for gray (3 of 3)
GRAY VS. GREY
What’s the difference between gray and grey?
Gray and grey are simply different spellings of the same word, which refers to the color halfway between black and white (among other more figurative meanings).
In popular use, the two spellings are used interchangeably, though one spelling is often preferred in many places. The spelling gray is much more common in American English, while grey is more common in British English.
Remember: spell gray with an a in America, and spell grey with an e in England (among other places).
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Quiz yourself on gray vs. grey!
True or False?
The words gray and grey are always used to refer to slightly different colors.
How to use gray in a sentence
Initially its green hydrogen will replace some gray hydrogen—as natural-gas-derived hydrogen is sometimes called—used at the refinery.Cheap renewables could make green hydrogen a practical replacement for fossil fuels|Katie McLean|February 24, 2021|MIT Technology Review
When I visited Frank Keutsch in the fall of 2019, he walked me down to the lab, where the tube, wrapped in gray insulation, ran the length of a bench in the back corner.A first-of-its-kind geoengineering experiment is about to take its first step|Emily Luong|February 19, 2021|MIT Technology Review
The other story is that you inherited a great, if, you know, slightly graying company, and tried to remake it in your image and wound up destroying it with a series of bad acquisitions and bad decisions.Jeff Immelt Knows He Let You Down (Ep. 452)|Stephen J. Dubner|February 18, 2021|Freakonomics
They’ll still show up in your apps for 30 days after your subscription expires—grayed out and inaccessible—just in case you change your mind and want to sign back up again.How to hit pause on your music streaming subscriptions|David Nield|February 16, 2021|Popular-Science
At the New York City coronavirus testing site, his friend started chatting with a man with beautiful blue-gray eyes.What’s sexy in a pandemic? Caution.|Lisa Bonos|February 12, 2021|Washington Post
I lie and nod my head yes while wiping the tears on my gray fleece sleeve.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder|Carrie Arnold|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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
“He was an absolutely gray and insignificant personality,” says Kurnosova.Russians Plot Exiled Government in Kiev|Anna Nemtsova|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Caller: “He has a gray, gray coat with black sleeves and gray pants on.”The Cleveland Cops Who Fired 137 Shots and Cried Victim|Michael Daly|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Her neon blue hair is teased high with a gray stripe emerging from the front.Whip It: Secrets of a Dominatrix|Justin Jones|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Very trim and strong, and confident he looked, with the glow of youth in his cheeks, and the spark of happiness in his gray eyes.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
They nodded at each other when they met, and the gray man showed him a little ship with rigging that took up and down.
Some hidden magnetism burst from him like an aura, and his cold pasty face and light gray eyes flamed into positive beauty.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
They climbed another dune, and came upon the great gray sea at low tide.
The gray eyes, once flashing with the light of kindly humor, now softened with sympathy, now glowed with pity.The Soldier of the Valley|Nelson Lloyd
British Dictionary definitions for gray (1 of 3)
Derived forms of graygrayish, adjectivegrayly, adverbgrayness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for gray (2 of 3)
Word Origin for gray
British Dictionary definitions for gray (3 of 3)
Scientific definitions for gray
Other Idioms and Phrases with gray
In addition to the idioms beginning with gray
- gray area
- gray matter
- get gray hair from