adjective, hoar·i·er, hoar·i·est.
gray or white with age: an old dog with a hoary muzzle.
ancient or venerable: hoary myths.
tedious from familiarity; stale: Please don't tell that hoary joke at dinner again tonight.
Origin of hoary
Related formshoar·i·ly, adverbhoar·i·ness, nounun·hoar·y, adjective
First recorded in 1520–30; hoar
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Related Words for hoaryantiquated
Examples from the Web for hoary
Contemporary Examples of hoary
This is just one of those cases when the hoary cliché is true.
The idea is an old one—or as the irritable Economist magazine calls it, “hoary.”
Historical Examples of hoary
One hoary tower only is seen, half hidden by the folds of a valley.
My stockings all want to see my mother, and my hat is hoary with age.'
He listened with eager docility to the voice of hoary wisdom.
I will listen with coolness to the voice of native sagacity and hoary experience.
On the contrary, I look upon you as a swaggering bully and a hoary villain.
British Dictionary definitions for hoary
adjective hoarier or hoariest
Derived Formshoarily, adverbhoariness, noun
having grey or white hair
white or whitish-grey in colour
ancient or venerable
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Word Origin and History for hoary
1510s, "gray or white with age" (of hair); c.1600 as "venerable, ancient;" from hoar + -y (2). Related: Hoariness.
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