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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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 His ability to get into a hairy situation and get out of it is uncanny. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "What the Mets Need Now: Some Yankees-Style Boldness," 8 June 2018 Louis went with a more casual look for the engagement, leaving a couple buttons of his dress shirt undone to reveal part of his hairy chest. Nick Maslow, PEOPLE.com, "Prince Harry's Handsome Cousin, 24, Turns Heads at the Royal Wedding — and He's Not Married!," 21 May 2018 The ad opens with an engine's vroom and a long, panning shot of hairy legs. Joshua Hafner, ajc, "It’s likely a first: Women’s razor ad actually shows hairy legs (and other body parts)," 3 July 2018 The Neapolitans held a strong bias against the Hungarians, believing them to be rude, hairy barbarians; the idea of a Hungarian on the throne appalled their fragile sensibilities. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Joanna of Naples," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of hairy

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

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More Definitions for hairy

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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