adjective, gray·er, gray·est.
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of gray1
Examples from the Web for grayness
Contemporary Examples of grayness
The grayness of the whole city—the houses, the back streets, the crumbling fences.
I was living in East Berlin for weeks in a row and experiencing the grayness of East Berlin.
Historical Examples of grayness
She was what is called a graue Schwester; and of a truth she seemed the incarnation of grayness.A Day's Ride
Charles James Lever
And the siren sent its dismal blasts out into the grayness all about.
Anders perceived the delusion behind the grayness, and then there was nothing at all.Warm
Now and then another car passed him, specter-like amid the grayness.Glory of Youth
Even the grayness of the ash gave back no light; there was none to give.Plotting in Pirate Seas
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