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

Definition of graybeard

: an old man

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The wait looked to be about 2-1/2 hours, according to a venue stagehand, a graybeard in a black T-shirt. Jerry Beilinson, Popular Mechanics, "When Virtual Reality Goes Beyond Gaming," 25 Mar. 2014 Forty-year-old Manu Ginobili isn’t the only graybeard on the Spurs who is turning back the clock this season. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "‘Super pro’ Gasol also turning back the clock," 25 Dec. 2017 But aside from nabbing graybeard Carter on a one-year deal, Sacramento mostly left Jackson’s projected position (small forward) unaddressed. Chris Johnson,, "Ready-Made Rookies: Ten NBA Newcomers Worth Watching," 8 Aug. 2017 The Vikings in the second half played like a team in fear of screwing up as opposed to the confident gang of ballers who were the last threat to the graybeards of the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins. Brian Murphy, Twin Cities, "Murphy: Vikings coach Mike Zimmer begins offseason of ‘soul searching’," 3 Jan. 2017 No one is more appreciative of the veteran additions than Saffold, who was the lone graybeard on an impossibly young offensive line the last two years. Vincent Bonsignore, Orange County Register, "Bonsignore: In Andrew Whitworth, the Rams are getting much more than a new left tackle," 6 June 2017 While Trump is talking tough for the benefit of his base, his team has been trying to soothe the jittery nerves of Republican establishmentarians and graybeards around town. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump is caving on border wall funding after showing his base that he tried," 25 Apr. 2017 The Masters leaderboard this year has a bit of everything: young superstars in their prime, graybeards trying to make one last run at a green jacket, and plucky underdogs who no one expected to be in contention. Brad Reagan, WSJ, "The Masters: 5 Things to Watch on Sunday," 9 Apr. 2017 The captain of this enterprise is a graybeard named Darcy, played by none other than Patrick Stewart. A. O. Scott, New York Times, "Jeremy Saulnier Narrates a Scene From ‘Green Room’ APRIL 14, 2016," 14 Apr. 2016

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First Known Use of graybeard

1565, in the meaning defined above

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to take the place or position of

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