adjective, grey·er, grey·est, noun, verb (used with or without object)
adjective, gray·er, gray·est.
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of gray1
Examples from the Web for grey
Lacey Noonan's A Gronking to Remember makes 50 Shades of Grey look like Madame Bovary in terms of its literary sophistication.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits|Emily Shire|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The acts Grey performs on Steele are all popular among BDSM enthusiasts.
We sat in rows of grey steel fold out chairs that faced a model of the compound in Abbottabad.
The Grey Lady said that a series of badly mishandled global crises has “fueled speculation that Mr. Obama may shake up his team.”Before Ditching His Top Aides, Obama Should Look in the Mirror|Leslie H. Gelb|November 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If this was their reaction to brown and grey,” I wondered, “how would they react to the sight of pink or red?Saudi Activist Manal Al-Sharif on Why She Removed the Veil|Manal Al Sharif, Advancing Human Rights|October 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The grey light of dawn faintly illumined this scene of carnage, and its pale, cold gleams mingled with the ruddy glow of the fire.Annals of a Fortress|E. Viollet-le-Duc
There were dark rings under Jill's grey eyes, and Daphne looked pale and tired.Berry And Co.|Dornford Yates
We need a few more cities, and Grey Town shall be one of the first.Grey Town|Gerald Baldwin
Slowly, very slowly, there emerged from the darkness two Grey Pumpkins.Knock Three Times!|Marion St. John Webb
He heard the flutter of skirts—just caught the grey stockings, swift and light, as they flew behind the rhododendron masses.Day and Night Stories|Algernon Blackwood
now esp US gray
Word Origin for grey
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