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grey

 (grā)
adj.n. & v.
Variant of gray1.

grey

(ɡreɪ) or

gray

adj
1. (Colours) of a neutral tone, intermediate between black and white, that has no hue and reflects and transmits only a little light
2. (Animals) greyish in colour or having parts or marks that are greyish
3. dismal or dark, esp from lack of light; gloomy
4. neutral or dull, esp in character or opinion
5. having grey hair
6. of or relating to people of middle age or above: grey power.
7. ancient; venerable
8. (Textiles) (of textiles) natural, unbleached, undyed, and untreated
n
9. (Colours) any of a group of grey tones
10. (Textiles) grey cloth or clothing: dressed in grey.
11. (Zoology) an animal, esp a horse, that is grey or whitish
vb
to become or make grey
[Old English grǣg; related to Old High German grāo, Old Norse grar]
ˈgreyish, ˈgrayish adj
ˈgreyly, ˈgrayly adv
ˈgreyness, ˈgrayness n

Grey

(ɡreɪ)
n
1. (Biography) Charles, 2nd Earl Grey. 1764–1845, British statesman. As Whig prime minister (1830–34), he carried the Reform Bill of 1832 and the bill for the abolition of slavery throughout the British Empire (1833)
2. (Biography) Sir Edward, 1st Viscount Grey of Fallodon. 1862–1933, British statesman; foreign secretary (1905–16)
3. (Biography) Sir George. 1812–98, British statesman and colonial administrator; prime minister of New Zealand (1877–79)
4. (Biography) Lady Jane. 1537–54, queen of England (July 9–19, 1553); great-granddaughter of Henry VII. Her father-in-law, the Duke of Northumberland, persuaded Edward VI to alter the succession in her favour, but after ten days as queen she was imprisoned and later executed
5. (Biography) Zane. 1875–1939, US author of Westerns, including Riders of the Purple Sage (1912)

grey

(greɪ)

adj.

Grey

(greɪ)

n.
1. Charles, 2nd Earl, 1764–1845, British prime minister 1830–34.
2. Lady Jane (Lady Jane Dudley), 1537–54, descendant of Henry VII of England; executed as a rival to Mary I for the throne.
3. Zane (zān), 1875–1939, U.S. novelist.

grey

, gray - The distinction in spelling between British grey and American gray is recent, popping up in the 20th century.
See also related terms for recent.

grey


Past participle: greyed
Gerund: greying

Imperative
grey
grey
Present
I grey
you grey
he/she/it greys
we grey
you grey
they grey
Preterite
I greyed
you greyed
he/she/it greyed
we greyed
you greyed
they greyed
Present Continuous
I am greying
you are greying
he/she/it is greying
we are greying
you are greying
they are greying
Present Perfect
I have greyed
you have greyed
he/she/it has greyed
we have greyed
you have greyed
they have greyed
Past Continuous
I was greying
you were greying
he/she/it was greying
we were greying
you were greying
they were greying
Past Perfect
I had greyed
you had greyed
he/she/it had greyed
we had greyed
you had greyed
they had greyed
Future
I will grey
you will grey
he/she/it will grey
we will grey
you will grey
they will grey
Future Perfect
I will have greyed
you will have greyed
he/she/it will have greyed
we will have greyed
you will have greyed
they will have greyed
Future Continuous
I will be greying
you will be greying
he/she/it will be greying
we will be greying
you will be greying
they will be greying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been greying
you have been greying
he/she/it has been greying
we have been greying
you have been greying
they have been greying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been greying
you will have been greying
he/she/it will have been greying
we will have been greying
you will have been greying
they will have been greying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been greying
you had been greying
he/she/it had been greying
we had been greying
you had been greying
they had been greying
Conditional
I would grey
you would grey
he/she/it would grey
we would grey
you would grey
they would grey
Past Conditional
I would have greyed
you would have greyed
he/she/it would have greyed
we would have greyed
you would have greyed
they would have greyed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Grey - United States writer of western adventure novels (1875-1939)
2.grey - Queen of England for nine days in 1553Grey - Queen of England for nine days in 1553; she was quickly replaced by Mary Tudor and beheaded for treason (1537-1554)
House of Tudor, Tudor - an English dynasty descended from Henry Tudor; Tudor monarchs ruled from Henry VII to Elizabeth I (from 1485 to 1603)
3.Grey - Englishman who as Prime Minister implemented social reforms including the abolition of slavery throughout the British Empire (1764-1845)
4.grey - any organization or party whose uniforms or badges are grey; "the Confederate army was a vast grey"
organization, organisation - a group of people who work together
Army of the Confederacy, Confederate Army - the southern army during the American Civil War
5.grey - a neutral achromatic color midway between white and blackgrey - a neutral achromatic color midway between white and black
achromatic color, achromatic colour - a color lacking hue; white or grey or black
ash gray, ash grey, silver gray, silver grey, silver - a light shade of grey
dappled-gray, dappled-grey, dapple-gray, dapple-grey - grey with a mottled pattern of darker grey markings
iron-gray, iron-grey - the color of freshly broken cast iron
tattletale gray, tattletale grey - a greyish white
Davy's gray, Davy's grey, iron blue, steel gray, steel grey - slightly purplish or bluish dark grey
6.grey - clothing that is a grey color; "he was dressed in grey"
article of clothing, clothing, habiliment, wearable, vesture, wear - a covering designed to be worn on a person's body
7.grey - horse of a light gray or whitish color
mount, riding horse, saddle horse - a lightweight horse kept for riding only
Verb1.grey - make grey; "The painter decided to grey the sky"
color, color in, colorise, colorize, colour in, colourise, colourize, colour - add color to; "The child colored the drawings"; "Fall colored the trees"; "colorize black and white film"
2.grey - turn grey; "Her hair began to grey"
discolour, discolor, color, colour - change color, often in an undesired manner; "The shirts discolored"
Adj.1.grey - of an achromatic color of any lightness intermediate between the extremes of white and black; "the little grey cells"; "gray flannel suit"; "a man with greyish hair"
achromatic, neutral - having no hue; "neutral colors like black or white"
2.grey - showing characteristics of age, especially having grey or white hair; "whose beard with age is hoar"-Coleridge; "nodded his hoary head"
old - (used especially of persons) having lived for a relatively long time or attained a specific age; "his mother is very old"; "a ripe old age"; "how old are you?"
3.grey - used to signify the Confederate forces in the American Civil War (who wore grey uniforms); "a stalwart grey figure"
southern - in or characteristic of a region of the United States south of (approximately) the Mason-Dixon line; "southern hospitality"; "southern cooking"; "southern plantations"
4.grey - intermediate in character or position; "a grey area between clearly legal and strictly illegal"
intermediate - lying between two extremes in time or space or state; "going from sitting to standing without intermediate pushes with the hands"; "intermediate stages in a process"; "intermediate stops on the route"; "an intermediate range plane"

grey

adjective
1. dull, dark, dim, gloomy, cloudy, murky, drab, misty, foggy, overcast, sunless It was a grey, wet April Sunday.
2. bleak, depressing, grim, discouraging, gloomy, hopeless, dismal, dreary, sombre, unpromising, disheartening, joyless, cheerless, comfortless Even the president admits the New Year will be grey and cheerless.
4. old, aged, ancient, mature, elderly, venerable, hoary a grey old man
5. pale, wan, livid, bloodless, colourless, pallid, ashen, like death warmed up (informal) His face was grey with pain.
6. ambiguous, uncertain, neutral, unclear, debatable The whole question of refugees is something of a grey area. see shades from black to white
Translations
اللون الرَّماديذو شَعْر أشيبرَماديرَمَاديّشَيء رَمادي
gris
šedýšedášedivětšedivý
grågrånegråtgråhåretblive grå
grauergrauengrau werden
griza
hall
harmaaharmaantuasynkkäankea
siv
megőszülmegszürkülőszszürkeszürke színû
grárgrár liturgráttgrágrá flík
グレー灰色の
회색의
kas pilkos spalvospapilkėtipilka spalvapilkšvaspražilti
pelēkssirmotsirmsjebkas pelēkā krāsānosirmot
grijsgrijzegrauwgrauwe
szaryszarość
brumăriucenuşiugrisur
sivýšedivieťšedivýsivá farba
sivasivosiv
grågrånatråkigtrist
สีเทา
grigri renkgri renkligrileşmekkır saçlı
bạcxám

grey

gray (US) [greɪ]
A. ADJ (greyer (compar) (greyest (superl)))
1. (in colour) → gris; [face, complexion] → ceniciento; [hair, beard] → gris, canoso, cano (liter); [horse] → rucio
the sky was greyel cielo estaba gris
dark greygris oscuro adj inv
light greygris claro adj inv
a light grey shirtuna camisa gris claro
he's very grey for his agetiene el pelo muy gris or canoso para su edad
to have grey hairtener el pelo gris or canoso
to go grey [hair] → volverse gris or canoso
she's going greyle están saliendo canas
to turn grey [person, face] → palidecer
2. (= bleak) [place, day] → gris
the future looked greyel futuro se presentaba sombrío
3. (= boring) [person] → gris
people are fed up with stereotype politicians, the men in grey suitsla gente está cansada de los políticos estereotipados, los personajes incoloros
4. [pound, vote] → de la tercera edad
B. N
1. (= colour) → gris m
dressed in greyvestido de gris
2. (= horse) → rucio m
C. VI [hair] → encanecer
he was greying at the templesse le estaban encaneciendo las sienes
D. CPD grey area N (= unclear area) → área f poco definida, área f gris; (= intermediate area) → área f intermedia
it's rather a grey areaes un área poco definida or bastante gris
grey friar N
see friar grey matter N (Anat, hum) → materia f gris
grey mullet Nmújol m
grey seal Nfoca f gris
grey squirrel Nardilla f gris
grey wolf Nlobo m gris

grey

[ˈgreɪ] (British) gray (US)
adj
[hair] → gris(e); [eyes] → gris(e); [clothes] → gris(e)
She's got grey hair → Elle a les cheveux gris.
to go grey → grisonner
He's going grey → Il grisonne.
(= dismal) → gris(e)
(= boring) → terne
n (= colour) → gris mgrey area (British) gray area (US) nzone f flouegrey-haired [ˌgreɪˈhɛərd] (British) gray-haired (US) adjaux cheveux gris

grey

, (US) gray
adj (+er)
(in colour) → grau; (= ashen) person, facegrau, fahl; weather, sky, daygrau, trüb; to go or turn grey (person, hair)grau werden, ergrauen (geh); their faces were grey with fatiguesie or ihre Gesichter waren ganz blass vor Müdigkeit; men in grey suits anonyme, aber mächtige Hintermänner
(= bleak) world, year, days, outlookgrau, trostlos, öde
(= anonymous) persongrau, gesichtslos; placegrau, anonym
n (= colour)Grau nt; subtle greyszarte Grautöne pl
vi (person, hair)grau werden, ergrauen (geh); he was greying at the templesseine Schläfen wurden grau, seine Schläfen ergrauten
vt (Comput) button, functionab- or ausgeblenden, deaktivieren; greyed (out)deaktiviert

grey

, (US) gray:
grey area
n (fig)Grauzone f
greybeard, (US) graybeard
nGraubart m
grey cells
pl (inf) (little) grey(kleine) graue Zellen pl (inf)
grey eminence
grey-haired
adjgrauhaarig

grey

, (US) gray:
greylag (goose)
nGraugans f, → Wildgans f
grey market, (US) gray market
n (Comm) → grauer Markt
grey matter, (US) gray matter
n (Med inf) → graue Zellen pl
grey mullet
nMeeräsche f

grey

, (US) gray:
grey parrot
nGraupapagei m
grey seal
nKegelrobbe f
grey squirrel
nGrauhörnchen nt
grey wolf
nTimberwolf f

grey

[greɪ]
1. adj (-er (comp) (-est (superl))) → grigio/a; (complexion) → smorto/a; (outlook, prospect) → poco roseo/a
to go grey → diventar grigio/a
to go grey with fear (person) → sbiancarsi in viso dalla paura
grey skies → cielo grigio
2. n (colour) → grigio
3. vi (hair) → diventare grigio/a

grey

(especially American) gray (grei) adjective
1. of a mixture of colour between black and white. Ashes are grey.
2. grey-haired. He's turning/going grey.
noun
1. (any shade of) a colour between black and white. Grey is rather a dull colour.
2. something grey in colour. I never wear grey.
verb
to become grey or grey-haired.
ˈgreyish adjective
close to grey. a greyish-green dress.

grey

رَمَاديّ šedý grå grau γκρίζος gris harmaa gris siv grigio 灰色の 회색의 grijs grå szary cinzento серый grå สีเทา gri xám 灰色的
References in classic literature ?
Upon the veranda of his house by the ravine, Wing Biddlebaum continued to walk up and down until the sun had disappeared and the road beyond the field was lost in the grey shadows.
Under his coat he wore a knitted grey vest, and, instead of a collar, a silk scarf of a dark bronze-green, carefully crossed and held together by a red coral pin.
The room itself is cobwebbed, and dingy with old paint; its floor is strewn with grey sand, in a fashion that has elsewhere fallen into long disuse; and it is easy to conclude, from the general slovenliness of the place, that this is a sanctuary into which womankind, with her tools of magic, the broom and mop, has very infrequent access.
It was nearly six o'clock, but only grey imperfect misty dawn, when we drew nigh the wharf.
Taylor told me of it half an hour ago, and she was told it by a particular friend of Miss Grey herself, else I am sure I should not have believed it; and I was almost ready to sink as it was.
Janet, hire the grey pony and chaise tomorrow morning at ten o'clock, and pack up Master Trotwood's clothes tonight.
And as they came out of the huts they saw in the moonlight a man wearing a wolf's hide rushing across the empty cattle kraal, for the grass was long and the cattle were out at graze, and with him countless wolves, black and grey.
returned Don Quixote; "tell me, seest thou not yonder knight coming towards us on a dappled grey steed, who has upon his head a helmet of gold?
It was the size of a man, but it seemed covered with a dull grey hair almost like a Skye-terrier.
But no story is the same to us after a lapse of time--or rather, we who read it are no longer the same interpreters--and Adam this morning brought with him new thoughts through that grey country, thoughts which gave an altered significance to its story of the past.
The little old grey man met him likewise, and asked him for a piece of cake and a drink of wine.
A pair of grey eyes looked steadily into his before transferring themselves to the statuesque being at the table.