\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Among the white, ashy rubble sat an iron rooster and a stone Buddha. Sarah Ravani, SFChronicle.com, "Kincade Fire: Rush of memories as residents return, see destroyed homes," 4 Nov. 2019 The mob, which was out to avenge the killing of two white law enforcement officers, would lynch at least three black males, including a 13-year-old, and leave the Carswell Grove Baptist Church in an ashy heap. John Eligon, New York Times, "Recovering the Memory of a Black Church Destroyed During the ‘Red Summer’," 31 Aug. 2019 In Season 1, Brown’s Eleven accidentally opened a portal to the Upside Down in a fit of telekinetic rage, unleashing a monster that ran amok in Hawkins and transported Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) to its ashy dimension. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The American Paranoia of Stranger Things 3," 4 July 2019 But when the mouse population crashes in the winter, the owls prey on the ashy storm-petrel, whose population on the islands — where half the world’s storm petrels nest — has been declining since the ’90s. Laura Newberry, latimes.com, "The U.S. wants to dump 1.5 tons of rat poison on the Farallon Islands. Biologists say it’s for the best," 7 July 2019 The ashy shades will give you stylish, but effortless vibes. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "16 Super Cute Fall Hair Color Trends That Will Make You Crave a PSL," 21 June 2019 Traditional brunette is a more neutral and slightly ashy color. Marci Robin, Allure, "“Chocolate Cake” Is the Delicious New Hair Color Trend for Brunettes," 25 Mar. 2019 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

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First Known Use of ashy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Ashy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ashy. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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