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.
- hair·i·ness, noun
- un·hair·i·ness, noun
- un·hair·y, adjective
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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 | THE 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 | THE 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.Squinty the Comical Pig | Richard Barnum
The hairy animal, with the long tail, came straight for the bush behind which Squinty was hiding, and crawled through.Squinty the Comical Pig | Richard Barnum
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
having or covered with hair
difficult or problematic
scaring, dangerous, or exciting
- hairiness, noun
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