- causing anxiety or fright: a hairy trip through the rapids.
- full of hardship or difficulty: a hairy exam; a hairy illness.
Origin of hairy
OTHER WORDS FROM hairyhair·i·ness, nounun·hair·i·ness, nounun·hair·y, adjective
Words nearby hairy
How to use hairy in a sentence
If you’re hoping to tackle some other hairy areas, look for a model that comes with a nose, ear, or eyebrow trimmer to help you achieve your final look.The best beard trimmer: Shape your facial hair with ease|Carsen Joenk|January 19, 2021|Popular-Science
Any predator foolish enough to bite a Lophiomys imhausi gets a hairy mouthful of bitter toxins that human poachers use on arrows for hunting big game.Rats with poisonous hairdos live surprisingly sociable private lives|Susan Milius|January 12, 2021|Science News
Though 2020 was dominated by big, hairy societal change, science and technology took significant steps forward.These Were Our Favorite Tech Stories From Around the Web in 2020|Singularity Hub Staff|January 2, 2021|Singularity Hub
The old man with the bad cough, hairy knuckles, and gray eyes.
He dumped the contents onto a hairy monster, and the monster’s hair grew and looked beautiful.This scientist wants to know how racial discrimination gets ‘under the skin’|Esther Landhuis|March 18, 2020|Science News For Students
His play The Hairy Ape, the agent noted, “could easily lend itself to radical propaganda.”
Indeed, one female student told ASU News that cultivating a hairy existence was a “life-changing experience.”
In one mortuary, she observes the very hairy body of a dead fascist, “the nearest human thing I have ever seen to a gorilla.”Death Became Her: Molly Lefebure’s Wartime Years of Murder and Suicide|Tim Teeman|April 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As The Guardian noted, Cameron Diaz was telling adorable anecdotes about forcibly grooming a hairy friend just under a year ago.Madonna Took a Selfie of Her Hairy Armpit. So What?|Amy Zimmerman|March 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Express reports that Harry's cousin Zara has dubbed him "Prince Hairy" according to a royal insider quoted by the Express.
This animal was something like a little boy, only, instead of clothes, he was covered with hairy fur.
The hairy animal, with the long tail, came straight for the bush behind which Squinty was hiding, and crawled through.
He had a loose hairy benignant face with a humorous but penetrating eye and the usual domelike brow.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
They bore my friends away on their hairy-naked shoulders, and I stood too shocked to say a word.Valley of the Croen|Lee Tarbell
Instead of pulling Mrs. Yoop's hair, he perched on her shoulder and smoothed her soft cheek with his hairy paw.The Tin Woodman of Oz|L. Frank Baum
British Dictionary definitions for hairy
- difficult or problematic
- scaring, dangerous, or exciting