[ hawr-ee, hohr-ee ]
/ ˈhɔr i, ˈhoʊr i /

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

First recorded in 1520–30; hoar + -y1


2 old, dated, aged; venerated, revered.

Related forms

hoar·i·ly, adverbhoar·i·ness, nounun·hoar·y, adjective
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/ (ˈhɔːrɪ) /

adjective hoarier or hoariest

having grey or white hair
white or whitish-grey in colour
ancient or venerable

Derived Forms

hoarily, adverbhoariness, noun
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