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
Examples from the Web for grayer
Would her ministrations to the military be taken differently if she was older, grayer and a little less shapely?Petraeus Affair Stereotypes: The General, The Flirt And The Harlot|Robin Givhan|November 15, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Meanwhile, the Democrats are grayer, seeing their average age climb from 58 to 60.2 4.
It's made him older—and grayer—and the trouble with his eye comes oftener.The High Heart|Basil King
I doubt if any honest artist lad returning to the place of his birth after three years' absence ever met a grayer welcome.
The Western Meadowlark looks like the Eastern, except that he is a little paler and grayer in color.The Children's Book of Birds|Olive Thorne Miller
Said to be slightly smaller and grayer than the common White-eyed Vireo.The Bird Book|Chester A. Reed
SW Rosa Morada are intermediate between the larger, grayer canutus and the smaller, light-brownish allex.Speciation and Evolution of the Pygmy Mice, Genus Baiomys|Robert L. Packard
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