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

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

  • adjective White or whitish.
  • adjective White or gray with age; hoar.
  • adjective remote in time past.
  • adjective obsolete Moldy; mossy; musty.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) Of a pale silvery gray.
  • adjective (Bot.) Covered with short, dense, grayish white hairs; canescent.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) an American bat (Atalapha cinerea), having the hair yellowish, or brown, tipped with white.

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

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

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

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


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

hoar +‎ -y



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