[ hur-soot, hur-soot ]
/ ˈhɜr sut, hɜrˈsut /


hairy; shaggy.
Botany, Zoology. covered with long, rather stiff hairs.
of, relating to, or characteristic of hair.


Origin of hirsute

1615–25; < Latin hirsūtus rough, shaggy, bristly; akin to horrid

Related forms

hir·sute·ness, nounsub·hir·sute, adjectivesub·hir·sute·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for hirsute


/ (ˈhɜːsjuːt) /


covered with hair
(of plants or their parts) covered with long but not stiff hairs
(of a person) having long, thick, or untrimmed hair

Derived Forms

hirsuteness, noun

Word Origin for hirsute

C17: from Latin hirsūtus shaggy; related to Latin horrēre to bristle, hirtus hairy; see horrid
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Medicine definitions for hirsute


[ hûrsōōt′, hîr-, hər-sōōt ]


Covered with hair; hairy.
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