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Hoary (very old; whitish or gray from age) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Kaplan GRE Exam Vocabulary in a Box, which includes 500 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

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Definition of the adjective hoary

What does hoary mean as an attribute of a noun?

Hoary is one of the top 1000 most common adjectives in the English language.

adjective - degrees: more hoary / hoarier | most hoary / hoariest

  1. showing characteristics of age, especially having grey or white hair
  2. ancient
    • example: hoary jokes
    • synonym of hoary: rusty
    • similar: old
  3. covered with fine whitish hairs or down

Alternative definition of the adjective hoary


  1. white or gray with age
  2. [zoology] of a pale silvery gray.
  3. [botany] covered with short, dense, grayish white hairs; canescent
  4. [obsolete] remote in time past
  5. [obsolete] moldy; mossy; musty

Phrases with hoary

  1. Hoary Bat
  2. Hoary Fox
  3. hoary pea
  4. Hoary Edge
  5. Hoary Aster
  6. Hoary Basil
  7. Hoary Brome
  8. Hoary Caper
  9. Hoary Comma
  10. Hoary Cress
  11. Hoary Elfin
  12. Hoary-Aster
  13. hoary alison
  14. Hoary Arnica
  15. hoary marmot
  16. Hoary Orache
  17. Hoary Spurge
  18. hoary willow
  19. hoary alyssum
  20. Hoary Milkpea

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for hoary

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Google previewThe Gardeners Dictionary (1735)

Containing the Methods of Cultivating and Improving the Kitchen, Fruit and Flower Garden, as Also the Physick Garden, Wilderness, Conservatory, and Vineyard by Philip Miller

Great hoary Stock Gilliflower, with single white Flowers. a. Leucojum; incanum, majus, flore cinericeo. C. B. P. The great hoary Stock-Gilli- flower, with an Afh-colour'd Flower. %. Leucojum ...

Google previewAn Encyclopaedia of Gardening (1897)

A Dictionary of Cultivated Plants, Etc by Thomas William Saunders

Hoary Azalea (Azalea canescens) — see Azalea. Hoary German Madwort ( Alyssum semonense) — see Alyasum Hoary Groundsel (Senecio incanus) — see Senecio.

Google previewBowhunter's Encyclopedia (1992)

by Dwight R. Schuh

Throughout Western mountains the hoary marmot takes over elevationally where rock- chucks leave off. Hoary marmots live in rocky, open country to the tops of the highest Western mountains, from 6,000 to 14,000 feet. Many a mule deer, elk, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Invasive Species (2011)

From Africanized Honey Bees to Zebra Mussels by Susan L. Woodward, Joyce A. Quinn

Also known as: White top, perennial peppergrass, pepperweed whitetop, heart- podded hoary cress Scientific name: Cardaria draba Synonyms: Cochlearia draba, Lepidium draba, Nasturtium draba Family: Mustard (Brassicaceae) Native ...

Google previewThe Dimwit's Dictionary (2006)

More Than 5,000 Overused Words and Phrases and Alternatives to Them by Robert Hartwell Fiske, Joseph Epstein

aged; aging; ancient; antediluvian; antique; archaic; elderly; hoary; hoaryheaded; old; patriarchal; prehistoric; seasoned; superannuated; venerable. (as) old as the hills An insipid simile. aged; aging; ancient; ...

Google previewA Dictionary of English Etymology (1862)

Hoary. AS. har, hoary. ON. hcera, a mattress, gray hair ; Fr. haire, a hair shirt ; ON. hcerdr, comatus, haired, also gray-haired, hoary ; at ...

Google previewLoudon's Encyclopaedia of Plants (1880)

Comprising the Specific Character, Description, Culture, History, Application in the Arts, and Every Other Desirable Particular Respecting All the Plants Indigenous To, Cultivated In, Or Introduced Into Britain. New Impression, Ed. by Mrs. Loudon, Assisted by George Don and David Wooster by Mrs. Loudon (Jane), George Don, David Wooster

at edge brownish green above hoary beneath, l-"l. sol. Sqt tinning 77:29 Young shoots vise. with downy hairs, Lvs. seas. lin. obl. viseid downy beneath, Fl. in term umb. Sqi. villous 7760 Branches ...

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Hoary Meaning

Video shows what hoary means. White or gray with age.. Of a pale silvery gray.. Covered with short, dense, grayish white hairs; canescent.. Hoary Meaning.

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Quotes about hoary


Not all die early, dying young—
Maturity of Fate
Is consummated equally
In Ages, or a Night—

A Hoary Boy, I've known to drop
Whole statured—by the side
Of Junior of Fourscore—'twas Act
Not Period—that died. (Emily Dickinson)
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Scrabble value of H4O1A1R1Y4

The value of this 5-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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