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 and Etymology of hirsute
Latin hirsutus; akin to Latin horrēre to bristle — more at horror
First Known Use: 1621
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