hairy

adjective
\ˈher-ē \
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 \ 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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After working together to get themselves out of a hairy situation, the women have officially abandoned the confines of their adversarial roles as Wife and handmaid. refinery29.com, "The Handmaid's Tale Season 2, Episode 7 Recap: There Is A Bomb In Gilead," 30 May 2018 As part of the deal, Innate will pay $50 million for the right to sell Lumoxiti, a drug developed by AstraZeneca to treat a rare form of cancer known as hairy-cell leukemia, in the U.S. and Europe. Denise Roland, WSJ, "AstraZeneca Adds Cancer Drugs to Pipeline with Innate Pharma Deal," 23 Oct. 2018 In the mythology of the Kwakiutl tribe that once heavily populated the western coast of British Columbia, Dzunukwa is a big, hairy female that lives deep in the mountainous forests. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Science Meets Legend: The Story of Our Search for Bigfoot," 8 Oct. 2018 Thanks to a new, longer 160mm dropper Command Post, getting in position for hairy terrain is a snap. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "Specialized Re-Reinvents the Stumpjumper," 22 May 2018 Oblivious to just about everything about their suitor, the women proceed to enact a pageant, which is where things get hairy. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "The Proposal Is A Disturbing Anti-Women Episode Of Next," 19 June 2018 Where things get hairy for each is in those final two spots. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Nine Innings: Solving the Yankees' Sonny Gray Problem, AL East Deciding Factors and Our Favorite Statcast Quirks," 2 July 2018 Bear gets stuck in car, tears up interior What might be the world’s hairiest vandal has destroyed the interior of a woman’s car. BostonGlobe.com, "New England news in brief," 22 May 2018 In his 95 years on this planet, Robert Galen has found himself in some pretty hairy situations. Steve Annear, BostonGlobe.com, "A 95-year-old Maine resident beat a rabid fox to death with a wooden plank," 28 June 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

: causing fear or tension : dangerous or stressful

hairy

adjective
\ˈher-ē \
hairier; hairiest

Kids Definition of hairy

: covered with hair

Other Words from hairy

hairiness noun

hairy

adjective
\ˈha(ə)r-ē, ˈhe(ə)r- \
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-​ \ noun

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