Definitions

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  • n. An old man.
  • n. Metaphorically, any of the members of a group who have been there the longest (regardless of actual age or gender.)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a man who is old.

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

  • n. a stoneware drinking jug with a long neck; decorated with a caricature of Cardinal Bellarmine (17th century)
  • n. a man who is very old

Etymologies

grey + beard; men of advanced age would be expected to have a grey beard. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Jack Straw - Mr Brown's loyal "greybeard" - will stay as Justice Secretary.

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  • Then ships bearing news might reach Alexandria by the dozen -- that is, the greybeard added with a defiant glance at the daintily clad city gentleman -- if they were allowed to pass the Pharos or go through the Poseidon basin into the Eunostus.

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  • The hero of the tale squeezes whey out of a piece of cheese or curd which he passes off as a stone; he induces the fleet demon to compete with his "Hop o 'my Thumb" the hare; he sets the strong demon to wrestle with his "greybeard" the bear; he frightens the

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  • She could not "call up spirits from the vasty deep" of the cellar, but she had procured some whiskey from her next-door neighbour – some five or six miles off, and there it stood somewhat ostentatiously on the table in a "greybeard," with a "corn cob," or ear of Indian corn stripped of its grain, for a cork, smiling most benevolently on the family circle, and looking a hundred welcomes to the strangers.

    Roughing It in the Bush

  • Our plentiful though homely meal was soon discussed, for hunger, like a good conscience, can laugh at luxury; and the "greybeard" made its appearance, with the usual accompaniments of hot water and maple sugar, which Judy had scraped from the cake, and placed in a saucer on the table before us.

    Roughing It in the Bush

  • She could not "call up spirits from the vasty deep" of the cellar, but she had procured some whiskey from her next-door neighbour -- some five or six miles off, and there it stood somewhat ostentatiously on the table in a "greybeard," with a

    Roughing It in the Bush

  • Among others expected to run for the job are Mr Miliband's brother Ed, as well as his former cabinet colleague Ed Balls, with other contenders possibly including party "greybeard" Jack

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  • Burnham and Mr Miliband's brother Ed have been tipped as possible contenders for the party's top job, as well as Labour "greybeard" Jack Straw and influential backbencher Jon Cruddas.

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  • Among others expected to run for the job are Mr Miliband's brother Ed, as well as his former cabinet colleague Ed Balls, with other contenders possibly including party "greybeard"

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  • Ibn Jubair is long dead; what we're really interested in, 'greybeard', is how long did it take you to walk to Makka, then?

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