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 graying
She wore an apple-green housedress and her graying beehive hairdo was unyielding against the blasts of a chugging air conditioner.
Some men were not men at all but mere preteens; others had wrinkled faces and graying hair.
But it looks like with his graying hair, he also has come to appreciate the benefits of a non-contact sport.Michelle Obama Stranded by Her Man as Barack Goes on a Golfing Weekend|Lauren Ashburn|February 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Graying, balding, some with canes, some with hearing aids, but ever so happy to reunite and swap tales.Richard Nixon’s 100th Birthday Draws Kissinger & Others to Schmaltzy Bash|Sandra McElwaine|January 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
At which point he settles into his late memoir years, graying like King Lear.
It was something she heard as she leaned upon the port rail on the main deck, quite alone, looking off across the graying water.Ruth Fielding In the Red Cross|Alice B. Emerson
For a moment the graying face of the dying man lighted with a swift gleam of pride and satisfaction.The Land of Strong Men|Arthur M. Chisholm
Her graying hair, parted in the middle and done up in a knot in the back, was freshly and sleekly combed.Land of the Burnt Thigh|Edith Eudora Kohl
That bright star--almost the only one left in the graying sky--has but the age of an infant.Who Goes There?|Blackwood Ketcham Benson
I saw no humor in the bent forms and graying hair of the men.A Son of the Middle Border|Hamlin Garland
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