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
If the inheritors of the future someday find quaint the idea that feminism once advanced the goals for women of reproductive rights, health care access, and cultural and legal equality of opportunity, and the F-word's future definition instead represents aspirational female success within hoary notions of gendered expectations and opportunities ... well, that would be unfortunate.
Since 9/11, Pipes has become notorious for trafficking in hoary old Orientalist stereotypes in order to stoke Americans’ prejudice against, and fear of, Islam.
People are bowing in the presence of what they suppose to be the antiquity, that is, the hoary-headed wisdom, of the world.
It hushes the infant to its slumbers in the cradle with a song whose theme is the babe of Bethlehem; it allures the child to virtue by the example of Josiah, Timothy, and Samuel; it warns the wayward youth, and reproves the erring man, and calls the hoary sinner to repentance.
Finally, Mr. ARTHUR HATHERTON, as _Lob_, the host of the party, a kind of hoary old _Puck_ who had a _penchant_ for filling his house every
The leaves of the willow are, in fact, white underneath, and it is this part of them which would appear "hoary" in the reflection in the brook.
The "hoary" (to borrow a word) chestnut that it takes a big man to apologize was floated.
British novelist John Galsworthy knew the value of preserving the past -- and he would likely have counted "hoary" among those old things worth saving.
That "hoary" ancestor evolved into "hoar," a synonym of "ancient" that has been part of our language since before the 12th century.
And at the risk of further alienating respected colleagues and groups, do the hoary lessons of democratic transition and consolidation--particularly in the Southern Cone--which we all read and absorbed as undergraduate and graduate students still apply?