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hoar·y

 (hôr′ē)
adj. hoar·i·er, hoar·i·est
1. Gray or white with or as if with age.
2. Covered with grayish hair or pubescence: hoary leaves.
3. So old as to inspire veneration; ancient.

hoar′i·ly adv.
hoar′i·ness n.

hoary

(ˈhɔːrɪ)
adj, hoarier or hoariest
1. having grey or white hair
2. (Colours) white or whitish-grey in colour
3. ancient or venerable
ˈhoarily adv
ˈhoariness n

hoar•y

(ˈhɔr i, ˈhoʊr i)

adj. hoar•i•er, hoar•i•est.
1. gray or white with age.
2. ancient or venerable: hoary myths.
3. tedious from familiarity; stale: a hoary joke.
[1520–30]
hoar′i•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.hoary - 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?"
2.hoary - ancient; "hoary jokes"
old - of long duration; not new; "old tradition"; "old house"; "old wine"; "old country"; "old friendships"; "old money"
3.hoary - covered with fine whitish hairs or down
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
haired, hairy, hirsute - having or covered with hair; "Jacob was a hairy man"; "a hairy caterpillar"

hoary

adjective
1. old, aged, ancient, antique, venerable, antiquated the hoary old myth that women are unpredictable

hoary

adjective
Belonging to, existing, or occurring in times long past:
Translations

hoary

[ˈhɔːrɪ] ADJ (hoarier (compar) (hoariest (superl)))
1. (= grey-haired) → cano
2. (= old) [myth] → manido; [joke] → muy viejo

hoary

adj (+er)
hair, old man etcergraut
(fig: = old) → uralt, altehrwürdig; a hoary old jokeein alter Hut, ein Witz mit (einem langen) Bart

hoary

[ˈhɔːrɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (liter) (hair) → bianco/a; (person) → canuto/a, dai capelli bianchi; (ancient) → vetusto/a
it's a hoary old joke → è una barzelletta vecchia
References in classic literature ?
When at some distance from the multitude, the old man turned slowly round, displaying a face of antique majesty, rendered doubly venerable by the hoary beard that descended on his breast.
The grayness of the whole immense surface, the wind furrows upon the faces of the waves, the great masses of foam, tossed about and waving, like matted white locks, give to the sea in a gale an appearance of hoary age, lustreless, dull, without gleams, as though it had been created before light itself.
Tis said that when The hands of men Tamed this primeval wood, And hoary trees with groans of woe, Like warriors by an unknown foe, Were in their strength subdued, The virgin Earth Gave instant birth To springs that ne'er did flow That in the sun Did rivulets run, And all around rare flowers did blow The wild rose pale Perfumed the gale And the queenly lily adown the dale(Whom the sun and the dew And the winds did woo), With the gourd and the grape luxuriant grew.
Speak, thou vast and venerable head, muttered Ahab, which, though ungarnished with a beard, yet here and there lookest hoary with mosses; speak, mighty head, and tell us the secret thing that is in thee.
And some are hoary in youth, but the late young keep long young.
It obeyed no known laws of physics, and overthrew the hoary axiom that like things performed to like things produce like results.
It seems like profanation to laugh and jest and bandy the frivolous chat of our day amid its hoary relics.
Then was the prudent king, the hoary warrior, sad of mood, when he learned that his princely thane, the dearest to him, no longer lived.
And when he had lived long, and was borne to his grave a hoary corpse, followed by Faith, an aged woman, and children and grandchildren, a goodly procession, besides neighbors not a few, they carved no hopeful verse upon his tombstone, for his dying hour was gloom.
A distinguished gentleman of this city, H H , Esquire, having been compelled to SUSPEND, in consequence of the late robbery of the Bank of the United States by the cold-blooded miscreant whose hoary head disgraces the White House, felt himself bound to return an article of dress, purchased as recently as yesterday by his lovely daughter, and who, in every respect, was entitled to wear it, as she would have adorned it, receiving back the price, with a view to put it in the fund he is already collecting to meet the demands of his creditors.
Never can there come fog too thick, never can there come mud and mire too deep, to assort with the groping and floundering condition which this High Court of Chancery, most pestilent of hoary sinners, holds this day in the sight of heaven and earth.
Horns of Elfland" never sounded more sweetly around hoary castle and ruined fane than those vesper calls of the robins from the twilight spruce woods and across green pastures lying under the pale radiance of a young moon.