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 greyer
Book three will have to contend with postmodern times—the end of history, and the birth of a greyer, flatter world.
The trunks of the cherry trees were thicker and the bark darker and greyer than the apple tree trunks.
The old touch of confident assertiveness seemed to have gone, moreover he looked older and greyer.A Secret of the Lebombo|Bertram Mitford
Greyer and more stern than ever it seemed through the delicate framework of soft green foliage and blossoms.The Master Mummer|E. Phillips Oppenheim
One was that the dead woman's pillow was lightly sprinkled with sand, somewhat like silver sand, but greyer and less gritty.John Thorndyke's Cases|R. Austin Freeman
When I woke in the grey dawn, his face was greyer than that, and more cold.The Divine Adventure etc. (Works vol. 4)|Fiona Macleod
Her hair was greyer, too, and there were dark rings under her eyes.The Adventures of Harry Revel|Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
adjective, noun, verb
Word Origin for gray
now esp US gray
Word Origin for grey
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