from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Covered with hair; hairy.
  • adj. Botany Covered with stiff or coarse hairs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Covered in hair or bristles; hairy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Rough with hair; set with bristles; shaggy.
  • adj. Rough and coarse; boorish.
  • adj. Pubescent with coarse or stiff hairs.
  • adj. Covered with hairlike feathers, as the feet of certain birds.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Hairy; shaggy.
  • 2. Specifically, in zoology and botany, rough or bristling with hairs; having a thick covering of long and rather stiff hairs.
  • Coarse; boorish; unmannerly.

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

  • adj. having or covered with hair


Latin hirsūtus, hairy, bristly.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin hirsūtus ("shaggy, hairy"). (Wiktionary)



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  • "They wound through the ranks of the deformed and obese, the bizarrely hirsute and the small." From Perdido Street Station by China Mieville.

    September 27, 2011

  • she is cold and demanding
    in her business suit
    dismissive, haughty,
    (yet inspiring hot pursuit!)
    and underneath
    hirsute, hirsute!

    November 6, 2009

  • Vs. hairless, don't forget.

    What I don't get is all the stray parentheses floating around in WeirdNet. Close them, for crying out loud!

    *having an editorial conniption*

    November 30, 2007

  • Thanks, WeirdNet: "Hmm... what does hirsute mean? Ah, here it is... it means... hirsute."

    November 30, 2007