hairy

adjective
\ ˈher-ē How to pronounce hairy (audio) \
hairier; hairiest

Definition of hairy

1a : covered with hair or hairlike material
b : having a downy fuzz on the stems and leaves
2 : made of or resembling hair
3a : tending to cause nervous tension (as from danger) a hairy adventure
b : difficult to deal with or comprehend a hairy math problem

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Other Words from hairy

hairiness \ ˈher-​ē-​nəs How to pronounce hairiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of hairy in a Sentence

The taxi ride got a little hairy. When the deadline approaches, things can get a little hairy.
Recent Examples on the Web And tarantulas set their hairy legs in motion, crossing patches of desert and roads in the name of love — or, more accurately, spider Tindering. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "From monarch butterflies to gray whales, animals are on the move. Here’s how travelers can tag along on their migratory journeys," 24 Oct. 2019 Bees’ fuzzy yellow bodies and hairy legs are custom-built for picking up pollen. Rachel Fritts, Ars Technica, "A new pesticide is all the buzz," 18 Oct. 2019 With two outs in the ninth, things got a little hairy again - Murphy singled to center and a yes, wild pitch, moved pinch runner Dee Gordon to second. Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, "A’s shut out Seattle to gain home-field advantage," 28 Sep. 2019 And that cartridge doesn’t have to be a big hairy magnum. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, "Best Calibers For Africa Plains Game," 13 Jan. 2020 In between, James gets his hairy Australian arms right around Larkin. James Parker, The Atlantic, "A Book That Honors a Complicated Figure," 26 Dec. 2019 The crew for your originating flight will look for a visa at the check-in counter or gate; this is where things can get a bit hairy. Stephanie Vermillion, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Know About China's New Visa-Free 6-Day Travel Permit," 25 Nov. 2019 The company installed former Forbes executive Jim Spanfeller in as CEO of the new company, and then things got really hairy. Andy Nesbitt, For The Win, "Most of Deadspin staff resigns in protest, signaling the end of the site as we know it," 30 Oct. 2019 There’s funny stuff and then there’s stuff that gets pretty hairy. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "The Walking Dead showrunner promises 'beautiful stuff' with Daryl and Carol," 10 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of hairy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of hairy was in the 14th century

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10 Feb 2020

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“Hairy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hairiness. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for hairy

hairy

adjective
How to pronounce hairy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of hairy

: covered with a lot of hair
informal : causing fear or tension : dangerous or stressful

hairy

adjective
\ ˈher-ē How to pronounce hairy (audio) \
hairier; hairiest

Kids Definition of hairy

: covered with hair

Other Words from hairy

hairiness noun

hairy

adjective
\ ˈha(ə)r-ē, ˈhe(ə)r- How to pronounce hairy (audio) \
hairier; hairiest

Medical Definition of hairy

1 : covered with hair or hairlike material
2 : made of or resembling hair

Other Words from hairy

hairiness \ ˈhar-​ē-​nəs, ˈher-​ How to pronounce hairiness (audio) \ noun

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