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adjective, grey·er, grey·est, noun, verb (used with or without object)
  1. gray1.
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Related formsgrey·ly, adverbgrey·ness, nounun·greyed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for greyness

Historical Examples of greyness

  • The greyness deepened over Austin's face and the pain in his eyes.


    William J. Locke

  • Through the greyness we see him very well beyond it in the glow of the fire.

    Echoes of the War

    J. M. Barrie

  • Mr. Don looks into the greyness from which this voice comes, and he sees his son.

    Echoes of the War

    J. M. Barrie

  • It seemed that the sun was going to chase away the greyness.


    George Eliot

  • What, after all, did a grey year signify to him, as long as its greyness did not touch her.

British Dictionary definitions for greyness


  1. 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)
  2. Sir Edward, 1st Viscount Grey of Fallodon. 1862–1933, British statesman; foreign secretary (1905–16)
  3. Sir George. 1812–98, British statesman and colonial administrator; prime minister of New Zealand (1877–79)
  4. 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
  5. Zane. 1875–1939, US author of Westerns, including Riders of the Purple Sage (1912)
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now esp US gray

  1. of a neutral tone, intermediate between black and white, that has no hue and reflects and transmits only a little light
  2. greyish in colour or having parts or marks that are greyish
  3. dismal or dark, esp from lack of light; gloomy
  4. neutral or dull, esp in character or opinion
  5. having grey hair
  6. of or relating to people of middle age or abovegrey power
  7. ancient; venerable
  8. (of textiles) natural, unbleached, undyed, and untreated
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  1. any of a group of grey tones
  2. grey cloth or clothingdressed in grey
  3. an animal, esp a horse, that is grey or whitish
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  1. to become or make grey
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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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with greyness


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