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[hawr-ee, hohr-ee]
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adjective, hoar·i·er, hoar·i·est.
  1. gray or white with age: an old dog with a hoary muzzle.
  2. ancient or venerable: hoary myths.
  3. tedious from familiarity; stale: Please don't tell that hoary joke at dinner again tonight.
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Origin of hoary

First recorded in 1520–30; hoar + -y1
Related formshoar·i·ly, adverbhoar·i·ness, nounun·hoar·y, adjective

Synonyms for hoary

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1. grizzled, grizzly; hoar. 2. old, dated, aged; venerated, revered.
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Related Words for hoary

antiquated, timeworn, age-old, aged, antique, elderly, old, old-fashioned, older, out-of-date, relic, rusty, venerable, oldie, frosty, graying, silvery, white-haired, whitish

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Historical Examples of hoary

  • One hoary tower only is seen, half hidden by the folds of a valley.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • 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.


    William Godwin

  • I will listen with coolness to the voice of native sagacity and hoary experience.


    William Godwin

  • On the contrary, I look upon you as a swaggering bully and a hoary villain.

    The Frozen Pirate

    W. Clark Russell

British Dictionary definitions for hoary


adjective hoarier or hoariest
  1. having grey or white hair
  2. white or whitish-grey in colour
  3. ancient or venerable
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Derived Formshoarily, adverbhoariness, noun
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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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