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greybeard

[grey-beerd]
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noun
  1. graybeard.
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graybeard

or grey·beard

[grey-beerd]
noun
  1. Sometimes Disparaging. a man whose beard is gray; old man; sage.
  2. bellarmine.
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Origin of graybeard

First recorded in 1570–80; gray1 + beard
Related formsgray·beard·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for greybeard

Historical Examples

  • Greybeard heard Fleetfoot speak his name and he came to the spot.

    The Later Cave-Men

    Katharine Elizabeth Dopp

  • At first, Greybeard helped them; but, later, they had to do their own work.

    The Later Cave-Men

    Katharine Elizabeth Dopp

  • He watched Greybeard as he worked and he listened to all he said.

    The Later Cave-Men

    Katharine Elizabeth Dopp

  • Then it was that Fleetfoot learned that Greybeard was Nimble-finger.

    The Later Cave-Men

    Katharine Elizabeth Dopp

  • Sometimes he showed it to Greybeard, who was always kind to the boys.

    The Later Cave-Men

    Katharine Elizabeth Dopp


British Dictionary definitions for greybeard

greybeard

US graybeard

noun
  1. an old man, esp a sage
  2. a large stoneware or earthenware jar or jug for spirits
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Derived Formsgreybearded or US graybearded, adjective
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