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 greys
Mrs. Greys marriage, and her sons consequent succession to the deceased merchants wealth, were not disputed.Recollections of a Policeman|William Russell (aka Thomas Waters)
She disliked you first for your connection with the Greys; and then she disliked me for my connection with you.Deerbrook|Harriet Martineau
Everyone got mixed up in it somehow, and I don't believe any power under the sun can make the Maises and the Greys friends again.Pearl and Periwinkle|Anna Graetz
This old hero rode up to the front of the Greys with hat in hand, and exclaimed with pride: Greys, gallant Greys!
I acceded, and we set off in a handsome open carriage, with four greys, ridden by postilions at a rapid pace.Olla Podrida|Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
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