[ hair-ee ]
/ ˈhɛər i /

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 forms

hair·i·ness, nounun·hair·i·ness, nounun·hair·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for hairy


/ (ˈhɛərɪ) /

adjective hairier or hairiest

having or covered with hair
  1. difficult or problematic
  2. scaring, dangerous, or exciting

Derived Forms

hairiness, noun
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Medicine definitions for hairy


[ hârē ]


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