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[hawr-ee, hohr-ee] /ˈhɔr i, ˈhoʊr i/

adjective, hoarier, hoariest.
gray or white with age:
an old dog with a hoary muzzle.
ancient or venerable:
hoary myths.
tedious from familiarity; stale:
Please don’t tell that hoary joke at dinner again tonight.
adjective hoarier, hoariest
having grey or white hair
white or whitish-grey in colour
ancient or venerable

1510s, “gray or white with age” (of hair); c.1600 as “venerable, ancient;” from hoar + -y (2). Related: Hoariness.


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