Simple Definition of hirsute
: having a lot of hair especially on the face or body
Full Definition of hirsute
1 : hairy 1
2 : covered with coarse stiff hairs <a hirsute leaf>
Examples of hirsute in a sentence
<wore a hirsute mask as part of his werewolf costume>
Did You Know?
Hirsute has nearly the same spelling and exactly the same meaning as its Latin parent, hirsutus. The word isn't quite one of a kind, though; it has four close relatives: hirsutism and hirsuties, synonymous nouns naming a medical condition involving excessive hair growth; hirsutal, an adjective meaning "of or relating to hair"; and hirsutulous, a mostly botanical term meaning "slightly hairy" (as in hirsutulous stems). The latter three are not especially common but are entered in our Unabridged Dictionary.
Origin of hirsute
Latin hirsutus; akin to Latin horrēre to bristle — more at horror
First Known Use: 1621
Rhymes with hirsute
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