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gray

adjective \ˈgrā\

Definition of gray

  1. 1 a :  of the color gray b :  tending toward gray <blue-gray eyes> c :  dull in color

  2. 2 :  having the hair gray :  hoary

  3. 3 :  clothed in gray

  4. 4 a :  lacking cheer or brightness in mood, outlook, style, or flavor; also :  dismal, gloomy <a gray day> b :  prosaically ordinary :  dull, uninteresting

  5. 5 :  having an intermediate and often vaguely defined position, condition, or character <an ethically gray area>

grayly adverb
grayness noun


Examples of gray in a sentence

  1. What will you do when you are old and gray?

  2. My friends have all gone gray.

  3. It was a gray winter day.

  4. the gray faces of the people in the crowd



Variants of gray

also grey \ˈgrā\

Origin of gray

Middle English, from Old English grǣg; akin to Old High German grīs, grāo gray


First Known Use: before 12th century


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gray

noun

Definition of gray

  1. 1 :  something (as an animal, garment, cloth, or spot) of a gray color

  2. 2 :  any of a series of neutral colors ranging between black and white

  3. 3 a :  a soldier in the Confederate army during the American Civil War b often capitalized :  the Confederate army



13th Century

First Known Use of gray

13th century

Variants of gray

also grey

3

gray

verb

Simple Definition of gray

  • : to become gray

  • : to become older

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of gray

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make gray

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 :  to become gray

  5. 2 :  age; also :  to contain an increasing percentage of older people

14th Century

First Known Use of gray

14th century

Variants of gray

also grey

4

gray

noun

Definition of gray

  1. :  the mks unit of absorbed dose of ionizing radiation equal to an energy of one joule per kilogram of irradiated material —abbreviation Gy



Origin of gray

Louis H. Gray †1965 British radiobiologist


First Known Use: 1975


Gray

play
biographical name \ˈgrā\

Definition of Gray

  1. Asa 1810–1888 Am. botanist




Gray

biographical name

Definition of Gray

  1. Thomas 1716–1771 Eng. poet





GRAY Defined for Kids

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gray

adjective \ˈgrā\

Definition of gray for Students

grayer also greyergrayest also greyest

  1. 1 :  of a color that is a blend of black and white <a gray stone>

  2. 2 :  having gray hair <a gray old man>

  3. 3 :  lacking cheer or brightness <a gray day>

grayness noun


Variants of gray

also grey \ˈgrā\

2

gray

noun

Definition of gray for Students

  1. :  a color that is a blend of black and white



Variants of gray

also grey

3

gray

verb

Definition of gray for Students

grayed also greyedgraying also greying

  1. :  to make or become gray <graying hair>



Variants of gray

also grey


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