adjective, hair·i·er, hair·i·est.

covered with hair; having much hair.
consisting of or resembling hair: moss of a hairy texture.
  1. causing anxiety or fright: a hairy trip through the rapids.
  2. full of hardship or difficulty: a hairy exam; a hairy illness.

Origin of hairy

First recorded in 1250–1300, hairy is from the Middle English word heeri. See hair, -y1
Related formshair·i·ness, nounun·hair·i·ness, nounun·hair·y, adjective

Synonyms for hairy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for hairiest

Contemporary Examples of hairiest

Historical Examples of hairiest

  • They are the hairiest of men, and it is this peculiarity that makes us allude to them.

    The Human Race

    Louis Figuier

  • The provincial distribution in Fiji follows that of face hair: the interior groups are hairiest and the eastern people least so.

  • To these the climate added bright yellow moccasins, and a fur coat of the hairiest, the whole costume keyed up to Sunday best.

    A Man in the Open

    Roger Pocock

  • The Ainu are the hairiest of races, and there is nothing which they consider so beautiful as hair.

  • These are the hairiest parts, or where, if there is anything annoying him, the horse can least of all apply relief himself.

British Dictionary definitions for hairiest


adjective hairier or hairiest

having or covered with hair
  1. difficult or problematic
  2. scaring, dangerous, or exciting
Derived Formshairiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for hairiest



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

hairiest in Medicine




Covered with hair or hairlike projections.
Consisting of or resembling hair.
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