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 hairy (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 Cut cleaned artichokes in halves or quarters, remove the hairy choke, and sprinkle with salt and pepper, rubbing in the seasoning. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "A guide to get easily to the heart of an artichoke," 22 Mar. 2021 First, give these hairy beasts lots of space, as much as half the length of a football field — this is good advice to follow around all large wild animals. Kolbie Peterson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Here are two prime Utah spots for watching mountain goats this spring," 11 Mar. 2021 Other than the thorny tips of the petals, the only other part of the artichoke that should be completely discarded is the hairy choke, which sits atop that meaty heart deep in its center. Washington Post, "How to prep, cook and enjoy stuffed artichokes," 11 Mar. 2021 While moon boots and hairy boots have certainly existed, these XXL clodhoppers feel like a new chapter. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Why I’m Obsessed With the Return of Big Furry Boots," 10 Mar. 2021 Legend joins the fun holding a googly-eyed Roomba friend and flashing a hairy chest pelt. Sara Netzley, EW.com, "John Legend jokes he hasn't waxed his chest all year in quarantine parody song with Jimmy Fallon," 2 Mar. 2021 Researchers said the components of the eyes were normal other than the layer of hairy, thick skin. Alan Clemons, Outdoor Life, "The Buck With The Hairy Eyeballs," 19 Feb. 2021 Judge Roy Ferguson, who was presiding over the case, tried to virtually assist Ponton in the hairy situation, but to no avail. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Mariah Carey Thinks the Viral Cat Lawyer Video Is the 'Best Thing I've Seen in Years!'," 10 Feb. 2021 The finish was hairy, as Washington State nearly wiped out the eight-point cushion during the final seconds. oregonlive, "Oregon State shows it is far deeper than Ethan Thompson as Beavers top Washington State 68-66 in battle of wills," 6 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of hairy

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

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“Hairy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hairy. Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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hairy

adjective

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 hairy (audio) \ noun

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