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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ a hoary 1940s musical
▪ All the grass in front was brittle and hoary white.
▪ At least one House Republican freshman maintains a hoary political tradition by staging town meetings with his constituents.
▪ Attractive hoary foliage, and brilliant scarlet orange flowers.
▪ For a female swimmer, 29-year-old Angel Martino is downright hoary.
▪ It contains many majestic old oaks and hoary willows.
▪ Then bring her back inside, complete with Groucho Marx cigar, to run through a repertoire of hoary Borscht-belt gags.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Hoary \Hoar"y\, a.

  1. White or whitish. ``The hoary willows.''

  2. White or gray with age; hoar; as, hoary hairs.

    Reverence the hoary head.
    --Dr. T. Dwight.

  3. Hence, remote in time past; as, hoary antiquity.

  4. Moldy; mossy; musty. [Obs.]

  5. (Zo["o]l.) Of a pale silvery gray.

  6. (Bot.) Covered with short, dense, grayish white hairs; canescent.

    Hoary bat (Zo["o]l.), an American bat ( Atalapha cinerea), having the hair yellowish, or brown, tipped with white.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1510s, "gray or white with age" (of hair); c.1600 as "venerable, ancient;" from hoar + -y (2). Related: Hoariness.


a. 1 white or gray with age. 2 (context zoology English) Of a pale silvery gray. 3 (context botany English) Covered with short, dense, grayish white hairs; canescent. 4 (context obsolete English) Remote in time past. 5 (context obsolete English) moldy; mossy; musty. 6 old or old-fashioned.

  1. 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, hoar, white-haired]

  2. ancient; "hoary jokes" [syn: rusty]

  3. covered with fine whitish hairs or down [syn: canescent]

  4. [also: hoariest, hoarier]


Usage examples of "hoary".

The slow, solemn enunciation of each word by a choir of hoary anchorets rolled in majestic cadence through the precipices of the mountains, and died away in the distant ravines in echoes of heavenly harmony.

The two heads, one hoary and aged and the other young and bright, leaned together as the duke of Avaria and the duchess of Fesse bent close in intimate conversation The door closed, cutting them off, and Hanna felt rushed along as Hugh led his retinue at a brisk pace under shaded porticos and out across the blistering hot courtyard that separated the regnal palace from the one where the skopos dwelled.

At the sight of them the venerable Edith reared her drooping, desponding head, and the cheeks of the hoary father were bedewed with the tears of transport.

Thrusting itself into the tangle, long woody bines of bittersweet hang their clusters of red berries, and above and over all the hoary clematis spreads its beard, whitening to meet the winter.

Then coom wise men thro strange nations,-- Young men an men old an hoary,-- An they all knelt daan befoor Him, An araand Him shone a glory.

And if I lived, my Finding would not only make me rich, and give me knowledge and power beyond that held by the most hoary Evocator, but ensure my name would be remembered from this day to the ending of history.

The others, the head of each colony, the lone pipistrelle and one particularly scared hoary, clung to her nightshirt and hair.

Look you, man, I must immediately set to drafting a letter to the governor detailing this nasty business of interlopers, illegal excommunicant trespassers on the lands of His Majesty, so flagrantly disregarding hoary agreements and teaching the use of firearms and, for all that any of us here know, even cannon to the savage, pagan indios.

These are compact little bundles, at first of a dull yellow colour, until presently the florets fall off and leave the white woolly pappus of the seeds collected together, somewhat resembling the hoary hairs of age.

She is a hoary pandemonium of ills, enlarged glands, mumps, quinsy, bunions, hayfever, bedsores, ringworm, floating kidney, Derbyshire neck, warts, bilious attacks, gallstones, cold feet, varicose veins.

Feeling bitterly his own incompetency to exercise any protective influence on the fate of his companion, Theos said nothing, but silently followed him, as he thrust aside the drooping cypress boughs and made his way out to more open ground, his lithe, graceful figure looking even more brilliant and phantom-like than ever, contrasted with the deep green gloom spread about him by the hoary moss-covered trees that were as twisted and grotesque in shape as a group of fetich idols.

Surely he was Tragedy personified, and that hoary head of his was crowned with ineffable and unrepented crime.

Ryan could just make out the round lenses of its eyeglasses under the hoary growth of frost From the dates on the jars, the whitecoat had lived in the redoubt for decades before pulling his own plug.

The shining mists are gone, Slight films of gold swift-blown Before the strong, bright sun Or the deep-colored sky: A world of life and glow Sparkles and basks below, Where the soft meads a-row, Hoary with dew-fall, lie.

Heliopolis - Re-Harakhte, the Horizon-Sun - we saw silhouetted against its vermeil holocaust the black outlines of the Pyramids of Gizeh - the palaeogean tombs there were hoary with a thousand years when Tut-Ankh-Amen mounted his golden throne in distant Thebes.