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[hair-ee] /ˈhɛər i/

adjective, hairier, hairiest.
covered with hair; having much hair.
consisting of or resembling hair:
moss of a hairy texture.

adjective hairier, hairiest
having or covered with hair


early 14c., from hair + -y (2). From 1848 in slang sense of “difficult.” Farmer calls this “Oxford slang.” Perhaps from the notion of “rugged, rough.” Related: Hairiness.

hairy hair·y (hâr’ē)
adj. hair·i·er, hair·i·est


[last sense probably fr the hairy monsters of horror films, but the sense of ”difficult” was used at 19th-century Oxford, and that of ”dangerous” in the British armed forces of the 1930s]


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