gray·​ing | \ ˈgrā-iŋ How to pronounce graying (audio) \
variants: or less commonly greying

Definition of graying

1 : becoming gray or dull in color His … hat thumbed back to show a wide brow and a bristle of graying hair.— Helen MacInnes Other objects had been mounted according to kind on graying scraps of plywood, which leaned about the room—against bookshelves, in corners—like canvases about a painter's studio.— Donovan Hohn
2 : having hair that is becoming gray : becoming older Through heavy promotion and advertising directed at a graying population, the nutritious elixir has become a blockbuster seller …— Michael J. McCarthy As I wait to pay the cashier, secure in her glass booth, I glance back over the starkly lit room, the graying waiters, the regulars hunched over stacks of hotcakes.— Javier Cabral

First Known Use of graying

1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Graying.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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