[hawr-ee-hed-id, hohr-]


having the gray or white hair of advanced age.

Origin of hoary-headed

First recorded in 1590–1600
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Examples from the Web for hoary-headed

Historical Examples of hoary-headed

  • I will throttle you till you are black in the face, you hoary-headed liar!

    The Robbers

    Friedrich Schiller

  • This was Calcraft, the hangman, hoary-headed and tottering and utterly past his work.

  • It was opened by a hoary-headed servant, of a hale and cheerful aspect.

  • It was the hoary-headed pundit who made this charming observation.

    Autobiography of a YOGI

    Paramhansa Yogananda

  • The tops of peaks, actually their newest feature, were hoary-headed to them.

    The Alps

    Martin Conway