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

Definition of graybeard

: an old man

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Recent Examples on the Web San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton, 40, is the NHL’s ultimate graybeard. Mike Brehm, USA TODAY, "San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton shaves famed beard," 2 May 2020 Aaron Zimmerman, Copyeditor: Too many crotchety graybeards in this thread. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Do you even 10-key, bro? Our homage to the classic keyboard standard," 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, "What Really Brought Down the Boeing 737 Max?," 18 Sep. 2019 Chara assisted on Carlo’s goal, while both graybeard Sharks logged 0-0—0., "With all cylinders firing, Bruins toy with Sharks - The Boston Globe," 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, "Despite injury, Mustafa Johnson leading the way for young CU Buffs defensive line," 24 Oct. 2019 Every rebound, opponents knew this literal graybeard was going to be right there, maybe grabbing the ball, maybe tipping it. Mike Jensen,, "Inside the Philadelphia basketball league for homeless men: ‘It helps me to realize who I really am’," 25 Aug. 2019 What gives Feldman conviction is not merely test results, but also the long view of a Valley graybeard. Fortune, "Seeking Big A.I. Advances, a Startup Turns to a Huge Computer Chip," 19 Aug. 2019 Lang’s futile search for a home for his graybeard reprise nicely mimicked how unsettled hippiedom’s legacy still is. Tom Carson, Los Angeles Times, "Woodstock glorified them. Tarantino barbecued them. In 2019, whither the hippie?," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of graybeard

1565, in the meaning defined above

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

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