[ hawr, hohr ]
/ hɔr, hoʊr /


hoarfrost; rime.
a hoary coating or appearance.



Nearby words

  1. hoactzin,
  2. hoad,
  3. hoagie,
  4. hoagland,
  5. hoagy,
  6. hoard,
  7. hoarder,
  8. hoarding,
  9. hoare,
  10. hoare, samuel

Origin of hoar

before 900; Middle English hor, Old English hār; cognate with Old Norse hārr gray with age, Old Frisian hēr gray, Old High German hēr old (German hehr august, sublime)

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British Dictionary definitions for hoars


/ (hɔː) /


short for hoarfrost


rare covered with hoarfrost
archaic a poetic variant of hoary

Word Origin for hoar

Old English hār; related to Old Norse hārr, Old High German hēr, Old Slavonic sěrǔ grey

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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.

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