- hoarfrost; rime.
- a hoary coating or appearance.
Origin of hoar
Examples from the Web for hoars
Of course the Hoars had to suffer in common with the rest under the strike.Johnny Ludlow. First Series
Mrs. Henry Wood
- short for hoarfrost
- rare covered with hoarfrost
- archaic a poetic variant of hoary
Word Origin and History for hoars
Old English har "hoary, gray, venerable, old," the connecting notion being gray hair, from Proto-Germanic *haira (cf. Old Norse harr "gray-haired, old," Old Saxon, Old High German her "distinguished, noble, glorious," German hehr), from PIE *kei-, source of color adjectives (see hue (n.1)). German also uses the word as a title of respect, in Herr. Of frost, it is recorded in Old English, perhaps expressing the resemblance of the white feathers of frost to an old man's beard. Used as an attribute of boundary stones in Anglo-Saxon, perhaps in reference to being gray with lichens, hence its appearance in place-names.