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.

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Driven by Romain Dumas, the I.D. R made the climb on Friday in just 41.18 seconds, which is a half-second clear of former F1 driver Nick Heidfeld’s hairy 41.6-second run all the way back in 1999. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Volkswagen’s electric racecar breaks 20-year-old Goodwood hill climb record," 5 July 2019 In the meantime, my hairy little cheekbones look so bald and beautiful too. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "I Tried The DERMAFLASH To See If It's Worth My Coins, Or Yours," 18 June 2019 Schauffele, the 25-year-old San Diego native with the United Nations family tree who has rung up two seconds and four top 10s in only nine majors, wrung a gorgeous eagle with a stunning approach to nine feet after a hairy start on No. Chuck Culpepper, courant.com, "All these low scores a far cry from the norm at a Pebble Beach US Open," 14 June 2019 Just weeks after the Indian Army allegedly discovered the mysterious footprint of the yeti, the FBI released documents Wednesday regarding a 1976 investigation into another hairy mythical creature: Bigfoot. Grace Segers, CBS News, "New documents reveal FBI investigated Bigfoot in 1970s," 5 June 2019 In this spectacular landscape, standing stones tower over barren peat bogs, castle spires soar above sparkling lochs, and ancient clan seats preside over lush fields grazed by hairy Highland cows. Sarah Christensen, National Geographic, "Scotland: Land of Legends," 31 May 2019 After Jaclyn was dragged across the internet for her hairy and gritty lipsticks (more on that drama here), fans were just waiting to hear Jackie's always-honest thoughts. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Are Jackie Aina and Jaclyn Hill Friends? All the Tea on Their Friendship and Feud," 14 June 2019 Critics jumped all over the idea, labeling the women hairy-legged and humorless. Karen Heller, Washington Post, "The year women refused to stay silent, tossed their bras and redefined politics," 23 May 2018 That’s how the Blue Ridge Parkway is looking in some spots these days — a little hairy and ragged around the edges. Karen Chávez, USA TODAY, "Blue Ridge Parkway views get major restoration with 'Renew the Views' project," 15 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of hairy

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

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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 hairiness (audio) \ noun

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