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Wednesday, July 26, 2000

Definitions for hoary

  1. Tedious from familiarity; stale.
  2. Gray or white with age.
  3. Ancient or venerable.

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Citations for hoary
Compare that with the elements of a musical in about 1920: the star in a cliche story that was merely a framing device for generic musical numbers, hoary joke-book gags, and the usual specialty performers in a staging more often than not by a hack. Ethan Mordden, Coming Up Roses
Had Mozart lived to the hoary old age of 73, he might indeed have fallen out of favor in an era besotted with Rossini, becoming a "largely forgotten, neglected, unperformed composer." Marilyn Stasio, New York Times
Origin of hoary
Hoary derives from Middle English hor, from Old English har, "gray; old (and gray-haired)."