Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Bright orange in color.
  • adjective Having red hair; carrot-topped.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Like a carrot in color: an epithet given to yellowish or reddish hair.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Like a carrot in color or in taste; -- an epithet given to reddish yellow hair, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Resembling carrots in colour, taste, etc.; containing carrot.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective resembling the bright orange of the root of the carrot plant

Etymologies

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carrot +‎ -y

Examples

  • I meant to tell you, Jemimah Sandwich said a couple of the latest bunch even tried to tint their hair red—came out a kind of awful carroty orange.

    Exit the Actress

  • Why in the deuce was she not carroty-haired, or cross-eyed, or hare-lipped?

    Chapter 13

  • I was particularly proud of my inky eyelashes and darker brows, happy to have escaped that carroty look so many redheads have.

    Exit the Actress

  • I meant to tell you, Jemimah Sandwich said a couple of the latest bunch even tried to tint their hair red—came out a kind of awful carroty orange.

    Exit the Actress

  • I was particularly proud of my inky eyelashes and darker brows, happy to have escaped that carroty look so many redheads have.

    Exit the Actress

  • I like to grow varieties of the Nantes type, which reach deep into the cultivated soil and strike a perfect balance between sweet and carroty, even as they reach maturity.

    Groundwork: Rooting to the last

  • His carroty hair and beard were all natural, his name was honestly Patrick, and so for her love, he learned to talk with a brogue.

    Of Rainbows and Pots

  • More carroty goodness tomorrow though, as I begin to massacre the haul!

    Archive 2008-09-01

  • I love the round cake where they're all sitting in a circle, like evil baby geniuses planning world domination in a carroty hot tub.

    Carrot Jockeys Make Excellent Ground Troops

  • Throw in carroty hair and a face full of freckles, and she was a Raggedy Ann to her mothers Barbie doll.

    Cassandra Clare: The Mortal Instrument Series

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  • (adjective) - (1) Annoyed, angry, after a scolding or a mishap. Quick temper is supposed to go with red hair.

    --Edward Gepp's Essex Dialect Dictionary, 1923

    (2) Spoken of red hair on account of its resemblance in colour to carrots.

    --Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language, 1755

    (3) A shock of untidy carroty hair . . .

    --W.S. Maugham's Creatures of Circumstance, 1947

    January 21, 2018