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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 ?
The company, tremulous as the leaves of a tree, when all are shaking together, drew nearer, and perceived that there was an unnatural distortion in the fixedness of Colonel Pyncheon's stare; that there was blood on his ruff, and that his hoary beard was saturated with it.
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.
Why, it was like reading about France and the French, before the ever memor- able and blessed Revolution, which swept a thousand years of such villany away in one swift tidal-wave of blood -- one: a settlement of that hoary debt in the proportion of half a drop of blood for each hogshead of it that had been pressed by slow tortures out of that people in the weary stretch of ten centuries of wrong and shame and misery the like of which was not to be mated but in hell.
It was a very grey day; a most opaque sky, "onding on snaw," canopied all; thence flakes felt it intervals, which settled on the hard path and on the hoary lea without melting.
Kenneth says he would wager his mare that he'll outlive any man on this side Gimmerton, and go to the grave a hoary sinner; unless some happy chance out of the common course befall him.
I had not seen a coal fire, since I had left England three years ago: though many a wood fire had I watched, as it crumbled into hoary ashes, and mingled with the feathery heap upon the hearth, which not inaptly figured to me, in my despondency, my own dead hopes.
Dextrously thou aim'st; So willingly doth God remit his Ire, Though late repenting him of Man deprav'd, Griev'd at his heart, when looking down he saw The whole Earth fill'd with violence, and all flesh Corrupting each thir way; yet those remoov'd, Such grace shall one just Man find in his sight, That he relents, not to blot out mankind, And makes a Covenant never to destroy The Earth again by flood, nor let the Sea Surpass his bounds, nor Rain to drown the World With Man therein or Beast; but when he brings Over the Earth a Cloud, will therein set His triple-colour'd Bow, whereon to look And call to mind his Cov'nant: Day and Night, Seed time and Harvest, Heat and hoary Frost Shall hold thir course, till fire purge all things new, Both Heav'n and Earth, wherein the just shall dwell.
They continued to hurry him along, travelling at a very rapid rate, until, at the end of an avenue of huge trees, arose Torquilstone, now the hoary and ancient castle of Reginald Front-de-B
Under every species of discouragement, they undertook the voyage; they performed it in spite of numerous and almost insuperable obstacles; they arrived upon a wilderness bound with frost and hoary with snow, without the boundaries of their charter, outcasts from all human society, and coasted five weeks together, in the dead of winter, on this tempestuous shore, exposed at once to the fury of the elements, to the arrows of the native savage, and to the impending horrors of famine.
Akut, startled by the sudden rush from his rear, and following hoary instinct, was in the tree beside the girl with an agility little short of marvelous in so heavy a beast.
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.
At a distance, but distinctly to be seen, high up in the golden light of the setting sun, appeared the Great Stone Face, with hoary mists around it, like the white hairs around .