gray

adjective
\ ˈgrā \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of gray 

(Entry 1 of 6)

1a : of the color gray

b : tending toward gray blue-gray eyes

c : dull in color

2 : having the hair gray : hoary

3 : clothed in gray

4a : lacking cheer or brightness in mood, outlook, style, or flavor also : dismal, gloomy a gray day

b : prosaically ordinary : dull, uninteresting the boring, gray dullness of government —P. J. O'Rourke

5 : having an intermediate and often vaguely defined position, condition, or character an ethically gray area

gray

noun (1)
variants: or less commonly grey

Definition of gray (Entry 2 of 6)

1 : something (such as an animal, garment, cloth, or spot) of a gray color

2 : any of a series of neutral colors ranging between black and white

3a : a soldier in the Confederate army during the American Civil War

b often capitalized : the Confederate army

gray

verb
variants: or less commonly grey
grayed also greyed; graying also greying; grays also greys

Definition of gray (Entry 3 of 6)

transitive verb

: to make gray

intransitive verb

1 : to become gray

2 : age also : to contain an increasing percentage of older people The town's population has grayed over the last two decades.

gray

noun (2)

Definition of gray (Entry 4 of 6)

: the mks unit of absorbed dose of ionizing radiation equal to an energy of one joule per kilogram of irradiated material abbreviation Gy

Gray

biographical name (1)
\ ˈgrā \

Definition of Gray (Entry 5 of 6)

Asa 1810–1888 American botanist

Gray

biographical name (2)

Definition of Gray (Entry 6 of 6)

Thomas 1716–1771 English poet

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Other words from gray

Adjective

grayly adverb
grayness noun

Examples of gray in a Sentence

Adjective

What will you do when you are old and gray? My friends have all gone gray. It was a gray winter day. the gray faces of the people in the crowd
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First Known Use of gray

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun (2)

1975, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gray

Adjective

Middle English, from Old English grǣg; akin to Old High German grīs, grāo gray

Noun (1)

see gray entry 1

Verb

see gray entry 1

Noun (2)

Louis H. Gray †1965 British radiobiologist

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Phrases Related to gray

gray area

slate gray

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The first known use of gray was before the 12th century

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gray

verb

English Language Learners Definition of gray

: to become gray

: to become older

gray

adjective
variants: also grey \ˈgrā \
grayer also greyer; grayest also greyest

Kids Definition of gray

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : of a color that is a blend of black and white a gray stone

2 : having gray hair a gray old man

3 : lacking cheer or brightness a gray day

Other words from gray

grayness noun

gray

noun
variants: also grey

Kids Definition of gray (Entry 2 of 3)

: a color that is a blend of black and white

gray

verb
variants: also grey
grayed also greyed; graying also greying

Kids Definition of gray (Entry 3 of 3)

: to make or become gray graying hair

gray

noun
variants: or chiefly British grey \ˈgrā \

Medical Definition of gray 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: any of a series of neutral colors ranging between black and white

Other words from gray

gray or chiefly British grey adjective

gray

noun
\ ˈgrā \

Medical Definition of gray (Entry 2 of 2)

: the mks unit of absorbed dose of ionizing radiation equal to an energy of one joule per kilogram of irradiated material abbreviation Gy

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