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[ hawr-ee, hohr-ee ]


, hoar·i·er, hoar·i·est.
  1. gray or white with age:

    an old dog with a hoary muzzle.

    Synonyms: hoar, grizzly, grizzled

  2. ancient or venerable:

    hoary myths.

    Synonyms: revered, aged, dated, old

  3. tedious from familiarity; stale:

    Please don't tell that hoary joke at dinner again tonight.


/ ˈhɔːrɪ /


  1. having grey or white hair
  2. white or whitish-grey in colour
  3. ancient or venerable

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Derived Forms

  • ˈhoariness, noun
  • ˈhoarily, adverb

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Other Words From

  • hoari·ly adverb
  • hoari·ness noun
  • un·hoary adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of hoary1

First recorded in 1520–30; hoar + -y 1

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Example Sentences

Colleagues say Schumer’s hoary bromides and constant solicitousness mask a fierce intelligence–one smart enough to know that people prefer feeling like they’re being heard to feeling like they’re being led.

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“Canary in the coal mine” has become a hoary environmental saw.

I tried to avoid famously hoary puns like “Tequila Mockingbird” or “My Corona,” though I didn’t insist that some joke had never been made before by anyone ever.

This is just one of those cases when the hoary cliché is true.

Every president and political movement, of course, brings to power an often-hoary group of grasping interest groups.

The idea is an old one—or as the irritable Economist magazine calls it, “hoary.”

Here we taste a mingling of modern elegance and hoary antiquity, such as has never ere now graced life for either of us.

Hoary sires crept along on their staffs, followed by sons and sons' sons and daughters also.

He describes the storm sweeping over the white-crested mountains till the earth, like a hoary king, trembles with fear.

Over the screen of trees you can see beautiful Delhi lying within its hoary walls.

She placed her hand lovingly on the edge of a hoary shutter.


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