gray·​beard | \ ˈgrā-ˌbird How to pronounce graybeard (audio) \

Definition of graybeard

: an old man

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Recent Examples on the Web But the graybeard, six days shy of age 40, stopped 19 of 20 shots over the final 46:50 of regulation to send the Bruins and Capitals to overtime., 15 May 2021 The Braves invited 25 non-roster players to spring training and Kipnis is not the only graybeard with a resume. Ray Glier, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2021 At 39, Beyoncé — who per academy tradition lost the major prizes but won several genre awards — was practically the graybeard of the night. Los Angeles Times, 15 Mar. 2021 San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton, 40, is the NHL’s ultimate graybeard. Mike Brehm, USA TODAY, 2 May 2020 Aaron Zimmerman, Copyeditor: Too many crotchety graybeards in this thread. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 12 Apr. 2020 In Jakarta, a graybeard captain, speaking to me on the condition of anonymity, described the attitude of the new owners toward their pilots. New York Times, 18 Sep. 2019 Chara assisted on Carlo’s goal, while both graybeard Sharks logged 0-0—0., 30 Oct. 2019 Up front Johnson, in only his second year of Division I football, and third-year sophomore Terrance Lang count as graybeards. Pat Rooney, The Denver Post, 24 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of graybeard

1565, in the meaning defined above

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“Graybeard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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