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
Contemporary Examples of greys
The winter can be so drab—all greys, blacks, and neutral tones.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Carrie Bradshaw in Your Life
November 29, 2014
Jagged walls of rock, a palette of blacks and greys, loom over us.Want to Write a Book? Go to Iceland
May 26, 2014
Historical Examples of greys
The Greys had now only to provide for their personal safety.The Reign of Mary Tudor
W. Llewelyn Williams.
A beautiful and soft under tone will thus be given to receive the greys.Field's Chromatography
Won't there be a big splash though when the Maises and Greys all tumble in.Pearl and Periwinkle
Nowhere was to be seen the color green, only dull browns and greys.Longevity
The Greys are so proud of her beauty, they have no eyes or ears but for her.Deerbrook
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