adjective, hair·i·er, hair·i·est.
covered with hair; having much hair.
consisting of or resembling hair: moss of a hairy texture.
- causing anxiety or fright: a hairy trip through the rapids.
- full of hardship or difficulty: a hairy exam; a hairy illness.
Origin of hairy
Related formshair·i·ness, nounun·hair·i·ness, nounun·hair·y, adjective
First recorded in 1250–1300, hairy
is from the Middle English
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Related Words for hairierfurry
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Historical Examples of hairier
But it was larger and hairier than the glass one he had seen at the gift store.
Even the hands of the sprawled form seemed larger and hairier than the hands of her husband.
He looks like an intoxicated pterodactyl,” said Mr. Lonergan, who had some knowledge of prehistoric animals,—“only hairier.
British Dictionary definitions for hairier
adjective hairier or hairiest
Derived Formshairiness, noun
having or covered with hair
- difficult or problematic
- scaring, dangerous, or exciting
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Word Origin and History for hairier
early 14c., from hair + -y (2). From 1848 in slang sense of "difficult." Farmer calls this "Oxford slang." Perhaps from the notion of "rugged, rough." Related: Hairiness.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Covered with hair or hairlike projections.
Consisting of or resembling hair.
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