Dictionary.com

hirsute

[ hur-soot, hur-soot ]
/ ˈhɜr sut, hɜrˈsut /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: hirsute / hirsuteness on Thesaurus.com

adjective
hairy; shaggy.
Botany, Zoology. covered with long, rather stiff hairs.
of, relating to, or characteristic of hair.
QUIZ
SHALL WE PLAY A "SHALL" VS. "SHOULD" CHALLENGE?
Should you take this quiz on “shall” versus “should”? It should prove to be a quick challenge!
Question 1 of 6
Which form is used to state an obligation or duty someone has?

Origin of hirsute

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

OTHER WORDS FROM hirsute

hir·sute·ness, nounsub·hir·sute, adjectivesub·hir·sute·ness, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use hirsute in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for hirsute

hirsute
/ (ˈhɜːsjuːt) /

adjective
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 of hirsute

hirsuteness, noun

Word Origin for hirsute

C17: from Latin hirsūtus shaggy; related to Latin horrēre to bristle, hirtus hairy; see horrid
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for hirsute

hirsute
[ hûrsōōt′, hîr-, hər-sōōt ]

adj.
Covered with hair; hairy.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
FEEDBACK