adjective, hair·i·er, hair·i·est.
- causing anxiety or fright: a hairy trip through the rapids.
- full of hardship or difficulty: a hairy exam; a hairy illness.
Origin of hairy
Examples from the Web for hairiness
Porter finds that loving a hirsute man is also about accepting the mixed messages his hairiness might imply.
The wavy-haired populations hold also an intermediate position, but somewhat incline to hairiness.
This varies a good deal in hairiness and there are several varieties.Field Book of Western Wild Flowers|Margaret Armstrong
A smooth Cerastium, agreeing in every respect with the large-flowered one, except the hairiness and hoary aspect of the leaves.Lachesis Lapponica|Carl von Linn
The conclusion seems unavoidable that climate, directly or indirectly, determines the degree of hairiness.American Weasels|E. Raymond Hall
There are several cultivated varieties of the plant, differing in size, hairiness and colour of the leaves, flowers and seeds.
British Dictionary definitions for hairiness
adjective hairier or hairiest
- difficult or problematic
- scaring, dangerous, or exciting