\ ˈa-shē How to pronounce ashy (audio) \
ashier; ashiest

Definition of ashy

1 : of or relating to ashes
2 : ashen

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Examples of ashy in a Sentence

paramedics knew she was in shock because she was ashy and shaking
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First Known Use of ashy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Feb 2021

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“Ashy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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\ ˈa-shē How to pronounce ashy (audio) \
ashier; ashiest

Kids Definition of ashy

1 : of or relating to ashes The Baudelaire orphans looked around … amid the ashy ruins of their destroyed home.— Lemony Snicket, The Ersatz Elevator
2 : very pale an ashy face

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