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Hoar \Hoar\, v. t. [AS. h[=a]rian to grow gray.] To become moldy or musty. [Obs.]


Hoar \Hoar\, a. [OE. hor, har, AS. h[=a]r; akin to Icel. h[=a]rr, and to OHG. h[=e]r illustrious, magnificent; cf. Icel. Hei[eth] brightness of the sky, Goth. hais torch, Skr. k[=e]tus light, torch. Cf. Hoary.]

  1. White, or grayish white; as, hoar frost; hoar cliffs. ``Hoar waters.''

  2. Gray or white with age; hoary.

    Whose beard with age is hoar.

    Old trees with trunks all hoar.

  3. Musty; moldy; stale. [Obs.]


Hoar \Hoar\, n. Hoariness; antiquity. [R.]

Covered with the awful hoar of innumerable ages.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English har "hoary, gray, venerable, old," the connecting notion being gray hair, from Proto-Germanic *haira (cognates: Old Norse harr "gray-haired, old," Old Saxon, Old High German her "distinguished, noble, glorious," German hehr), from PIE *kei-, source of color adjectives (see hue (n.1)). German also uses the word as a title of respect, in Herr. Of frost, it is recorded in Old English, perhaps expressing the resemblance of the white feathers of frost to an old man's beard. Used as an attribute of boundary stones in Anglo-Saxon, perhaps in reference to being gray with lichens, hence its appearance in place-names.

  1. 1 Of a white or greyish-white colour. 2 (context poetic English) Hoarily bearded. 3 (context obsolete English) musty; mouldy; stale. n. 1 A white or greyish-white colour. 2 hoariness; antiquity. v

  2. (context obsolete intransitive English) To become mouldy or musty.


n. ice crystals forming a white deposit (especially on objects outside) [syn: frost, hoarfrost, rime]


adj. showing characteristics of age, especially having gray or white hair; "whose beard with age is hoar"-Coleridge; "nodded his hoary head" [syn: gray, grey, gray-haired, grey-haired, gray-headed, grey-headed, grizzly, hoary, white-haired]

Hoar (Forgotten Realms)

Hoar (pronounced HORE ), is a fictional Faerûnian deity of the Forgotten Realms campaign setting, for the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game. He is the deity of revenge, retribution and poetic justice.


Hoar may refer to:

  • Hoarfrost
  • Depth hoar, a large crystal occurring at the base of a snowpack
  • Hoar (surname)
  • Hoar (Forgotten Realms), a fictional Faerûnian deity in Dungeons & Dragons
  • Hoar Construction, a heavy construction company headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama
Hoar (surname)

Hoar is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Ebenezer R. Hoar (1816–1895), influential American politician and lawyer
  • George Frisbie Hoar (1826–1904), prominent United States politician
  • Harold Frank Hoar (1909–1976), British architect and cartoonist (as 'Acanthus')
  • Joseph P. Hoar (born 1934), retired U.S. Marine Corps general
  • Leonard Hoar (1630–1675), early American clergyman and educator
  • Rockwood Hoar (1855–1906), member of the United States House of Representatives
  • Roger Sherman Hoar (1887–1963), former state senator and assistant Attorney General of Massachusetts
  • Samuel Hoar (1778–1856), United States lawyer and politician
  • Sherman Hoar (1860–1898), American lawyer
  • Syd Hoar (1895–1967), English footballer
  • Thomas Bertie (1758–1825), Royal Navy officer born Thomas Hoar

Usage examples of "hoar".

Already Spring kindles the birchen spray, And the hoar pines already feel her breath: Shall she not work also within our limbs?

At their head, on a milk-white charger, his crown aglitter in the moonlight and his hair and beard flowing hoar over byrnie and dusk-blue cloak, came the Elfking.

Hoar superadds accomplishments which neither the practice of law nor participation in public affairs can give.

Agynaldoo is r-run up a three in th' outermost corner iv Hoar County, state iv Luzon.

Here is an old one which the Verderer, Philip Baylis, has kindly sent to Senator Hoar in response to his request for a copy.

Martha Carrier, Martha Corey, Mary Easty, Alice Parker, Ann Pudeator, Dorcas Hoar, Mary Bradbury, Margaret Scott, Wilmot Reed, Samuel Wardwell, Mary Parker, Abigail Faulkner, Rebecca Eames, Mary Lacey, Ann Foster, and Abigail Hobbs stood convicted of practicing witchcraft.

General Court voted in October that the conviction and attainders of George Burroughs, John Proctor, George Jacobs, John Willard, Giles Corey, Martha Corey, Rebecca Nurse, Sarah Good, Elizabeth How, Mary Easty, Sarah Wildes, Abigail Hobbs, Samuel Wardwell, Mary Parker, Martha Carrier, Abigail Faulkner, Anne Foster, Rebecca Eames, Mary Post, Mary Lacey, Mary Bradbury, and Dorcas Hoar be reversed.

Bright fell the moonlight on pillar and court and shattered wall, hiding all their rents and imperfections in its silver garment, and clothing their hoar majesty with the peculiar glory of the night.

That in this world is none so poor a page, That would not have abominatioun Of that I have received in your town: And yet ne grieveth me nothing so sore, As that the olde churl, with lockes hoar, Blasphemed hath our holy convent eke.

Euen all the nation of vnfortunateAnd fatall birds about them flocked were,Such as by nature men abhorre and hate,The ill-faste Owle, deaths dreadfull messengere,The hoars Night-rauen, trump of dolefull drere,The lether-winged Bat, dayes enimy,The ruefull Strich, still waiting on the bere,The Whistler shrill, that who so heares, doth dy,The hellish Harpies, prophets of sad destiny.

In appearance it resembled coriander seed, was white in colour like hoar- frost and sweet to taste, melted in the sun, and if kept overnight was full of worms in the morning.

She stared up at him, both of them rooted and stricken, while the enormity of his words slowly spread across her soul like hoar frost.

A furry fringe of hoar frost had formed on the collar of her cloak from her breath.

Then saw he an old hoar gentleman coming toward him, that said, Balin le Savage, thou passest thy bounds to come this way, therefore turn again and it will avail thee.