• synonyms

iron gray

  1. a medium shade of gray, like that of freshly broken iron.
Show More

Origin of iron gray

before 1000; Middle English iren grei, Old English īsengrǣg
Related formsi·ron-gray, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for iron-gray

Historical Examples

  • He had a steady, blue eye and a dissipated, iron-gray mustache.

    The Gentleman From Indiana

    Booth Tarkington

  • His ring was answered by a woman with iron-gray hair who inquired what he wanted.

  • The iron-gray hair is white as the snow on the mountain-tops that environ him.

    Shadows of Shasta

    Joaquin Miller

  • "Maybe," half-assented Noll, eyeing the man with iron-gray hair.

  • Mr. Sherwood's hair was iron-gray, thick, and inclined to curl.

Word Origin and History for iron-gray

Old English isengrægum; see iron (n.) + gray. The color of freshly broken cast iron.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper