graybeard

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

Definition of graybeard

: an old man

Examples of graybeard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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. BostonGlobe.com, "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, chicagotribune.com, "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 Once stuck watching former All-Stars like Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford and Jeff Samardzija turn into dust, the Giants have seen their resident graybeards find fresh legs. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "At a Giant Crossroad: Can San Francisco Actually Trade Away Madison Bumgarner?," 24 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of graybeard

1565, in the meaning defined above

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

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