less common spelling of gray

: of the color gray
: tending toward gray
blue-gray eyes
: dull in color
: having the hair gray : hoary
: clothed in gray
: lacking cheer or brightness in mood, outlook, style, or flavor
also : dismal, gloomy
a gray day
: prosaically ordinary : dull, uninteresting
the boring, gray dullness of governmentP. J. O'Rourke
: having an intermediate and often vaguely defined position, condition, or character
an ethically gray area

Examples of grey in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Anyone looking to add some serious luxury to their living room should check out Jennifer Furniture’s set of grey leather recliners. Fox News, 21 May 2024 According to a 2021 article from The Courier Journal, Harlow's go-to shoe for daily wear are the grey 990s sneakers. Marina Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 8 May 2024 Photographs taken at the scene showed huge blazes engulfing the vehicles and a thick mass of grey smoke billowing up from the flames. Emily Mae Czachor, CBS News, 2 May 2024 Costs used to make sales, such as transaction fees, are in a grey area. Jesse Silvertown, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 This extinction, however, did not affect similar animals such as wallaroos and grey kangaroos, for reasons scientists do not fully understand. Jack Guy, CNN, 15 Apr. 2024 Jackie Chan marked his 70th birthday on April 7 by telling people not to worry about his health after some photos of the acting icon looking old with grey hair circulated online recently and sparked concern among his fans. Zack Sharf, Variety, 8 Apr. 2024 On the plus side, though, the grey pants aren’t see-through. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 28 Mar. 2024 During the event, Bezos kept things more casual in a grey blazer, matching trousers, black dress shoes and a black sweater. Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 11 Mar. 2024

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“Grey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


variant of gray

Medical Definition

grey, greyout

chiefly British variant of gray, grayout

Biographical Definition

Grey 1 of 4

biographical name (1)

2nd Earl 1764–1845 Charles Grey English statesman; prime minister (1830–34)


2 of 4

biographical name (2)

Sir Edward 1862–1933 Viscount Grey of Fallodon ˈfa-lə-dᵊn How to pronounce Grey (audio) English politician


3 of 4

biographical name (3)

Lady Jane 1537–1554 titular queen of England for 9 days


4 of 4

biographical name (4)

Zane 1875–1939 American novelist

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