Definitions

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

  • adj. Gray or white with or as if with age.
  • adj. Covered with grayish hair or pubescence: hoary leaves.
  • adj. So old as to inspire veneration; ancient.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. white or gray with age
  • adj. of a pale silvery gray.
  • adj. covered with short, dense, grayish white hairs; canescent
  • adj. remote in time past
  • adj. moldy; mossy; musty
  • adj. old, or old-fashioned

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. White or whitish.
  • adj. White or gray with age; hoar.
  • adj. remote in time past.
  • adj. Moldy; mossy; musty.
  • adj. Of a pale silvery gray.
  • adj. Covered with short, dense, grayish white hairs; canescent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • White or whitish.
  • White or gray with age: as, hoary hairs.
  • Figuratively, remote in time past: as, hoary antiquity.
  • 4. Musty; moldy: as, hoary bread.
  • In botany and entomology, covered with short, dense, grayish-white hairs; canescent.

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

  • adj. ancient
  • adj. covered with fine whitish hairs or down
  • adj. showing characteristics of age, especially having grey or white hair

Etymologies

hoar +‎ -y (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • "The drunkest of Hrothgar's thanes come reeling and clanking down from their wall-hung beds, all shouting their meady, outrageous boasts, their heavy swords aswirl like eagles' wings. 'Woe, woe, woe!" cries Hrothgar, hoary with winters, peeking in, wide-eyed from his bedroom in back."

    ~ Grendel/John Gardner/1971 ~

    September 17, 2009

  • "Five years ago, when American forces quickly dismantled Iraqi society, liberal as well as conservative pundits announced that it was up to our forces to restore 'stability' -- as if the Iraqis themselves had wrought the chaos from which we were to rescue them. Though the American military did most of the destabilizing in Iraq, this historical fact was set aside in favor of the hoary myth that America is invariably a force for good, uniquely dedicated and qualified to bring order out of chaos around the world."
    - 'General Entrap-Us or General Entrapped?', Ira Chernus, 6 April 2008.

    April 7, 2008