\ 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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Shades of ashy brunette were already flooding Instagram, but Beyoncé’s recent transformation from her usual blonde hair to a darker brown solidified its place on the hot list. Nykia Spradley, Allure, "Ash Brunette Is Hottest Hair-Color Trend of the Summer," 22 May 2019 Its ashy fallout likely contributed to the last Ice Age. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "We Should All Just Move to New Zealand," 17 Jan. 2019 Kruger starts with charred onions, then cooks the ribs with the onions (peeling off really ashy parts, but leaving others). Todd Plummer, Vogue, "The Right Way to Burn Food, According to the Chefs Who Do It Best," 26 May 2018 Dominated by volcanic remnants, its vineyards are set on barren and windswept slopes, composed of dark, ashy volcanic soils. Patrick Comiskey,, "Cool white wines from hot climates," 15 May 2018 Even mild eruptions, like the ashy burp from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull in 2010, can force the global economy to grind to a halt. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Volcanoes are awe-inspiring. Here are 7 things to know about them.," 11 May 2018 Since the dawn of sunscreen's creation, women with darker skin tones have fought to find a formula that doesn't leave them looking ashy, which basically doesn't exist. Alex Warner, Marie Claire, "This Random Sunscreen Is Going Viral for Looking Amazing on Dark Skin," 10 May 2018 This creates chemicals called glucosides that are difficult to taste but can be broken down by yeast during fermentation, freeing the ashy notes and ruining the wine. Doug Main, Scientific American, "Smoke Taint: Wildfires Pose a Growing Threat to Winegrowers," 1 Dec. 2017 What's more, most consumers want a full-coverage formula that doesn't dry or crack throughout the day, but also one that won't make those with deeper complexions look ashy., "CoverGirl Is Launching Its Most Inclusive Foundation Range Yet," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of ashy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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