adjective, grey·er, grey·est, noun, verb (used with or without object)

Nearby words

  1. grew,
  2. grewsome,
  3. grewsomely,
  4. grex,
  5. grexit,
  6. grey area,
  7. grey body,
  8. grey duck,
  9. grey eminence,
  10. grey fox

Related formsgrey·ly, adverbgrey·ness, nounun·greyed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for greyness

British Dictionary definitions for greyness



Charles, 2nd Earl Grey. 1764–1845, British statesman. As Whig prime minister (1830–34), he carried the Reform Bill of 1832 and the bill for the abolition of slavery throughout the British Empire (1833)
Sir Edward, 1st Viscount Grey of Fallodon. 1862–1933, British statesman; foreign secretary (1905–16)
Sir George. 1812–98, British statesman and colonial administrator; prime minister of New Zealand (1877–79)
Lady Jane. 1537–54, queen of England (July 9–19, 1553); great-granddaughter of Henry VII. Her father-in-law, the Duke of Northumberland, persuaded Edward VI to alter the succession in her favour, but after ten days as queen she was imprisoned and later executed
Zane. 1875–1939, US author of Westerns, including Riders of the Purple Sage (1912)


now esp US gray


of a neutral tone, intermediate between black and white, that has no hue and reflects and transmits only a little light
greyish in colour or having parts or marks that are greyish
dismal or dark, esp from lack of light; gloomy
neutral or dull, esp in character or opinion
having grey hair
of or relating to people of middle age or abovegrey power
ancient; venerable
(of textiles) natural, unbleached, undyed, and untreated


any of a group of grey tones
grey cloth or clothingdressed in grey
an animal, esp a horse, that is grey or whitish


to become or make grey
Derived Formsgreyish or mainly US grayish, adjectivegreyly or mainly US grayly, adverbgreyness or mainly US grayness, noun

Word Origin for grey

Old English grǣg; related to Old High German grāo, Old Norse grar

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Word Origin and History for greyness


see gray.

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Idioms and Phrases with greyness


see gray.

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