graybeard


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gray·beard

 (grā′bîrd′)
n.
1. An old man.
2. A person considered to have extensive or valuable experience in something: "His appointment as interim C.E.O. suggests that the firm has placed a financial graybeard at the helm while it searches for a more permanent new leader" (New York Times).
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gray•beard

(ˈgreɪˌbɪərd)

n.
a man whose beard is gray; old man; sage.
[1570–80]
gray′beard′ed, adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.graybeard - a man who is very oldgraybeard - a man who is very old    
codger, old codger - used affectionately to refer to an eccentric but amusing old man
adult male, man - an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman); "there were two women and six men on the bus"
patriarch - a man who is older and higher in rank than yourself
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References in classic literature ?
But dreams--of those who dream as I, Aspiringly, are damned, and die: Yet should I swear I mean alone, By notes so very shrilly blown, To break upon Time's monotone, While yet my vapid joy and grief Are tintless of the yellow leaf-- Why not an imp the graybeard hath, Will shake his shadow in my path-- And e'en the graybeard will o'erlook Connivingly my dreaming-book.
He was a glutton for gore, was this little, whiskered, gray monkey, so long as it was the gore of others-- a typical fight fan was the graybeard.
"So, fellow-pilgrims," said he, "here we are, seven wise men, and one fair damsel--who, doubtless, is as wise as any graybeard of the company: here we are, I say, all bound on the same goodly enterprise.
'So, fellow-pilgrims,' said he, 'here we are, seven wise men, and one fair damsel- who, doubtless, is as wise as any graybeard of the company: here we are, I say, all bound on the same goodly enterprise.