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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Now that the Ernest Hemingway lookalike contest is done, the streets of Key West are about to get overrun with bearded and hairy men again. Johnny Diaz, sun-sentinel.com, "Adult-themed weekend to turn up the heat in Key West," 26 July 2019 The caterpillars are about 2 inches long, hairy and have a pattern of dark red and blue spots. Anna Bauman, Detroit Free Press, "Gypsy moths could strip trees bare in southern Michigan this year, experts warn," 12 Jan. 2016 The film's title is a shape representing the meeting point between the physical world and the one beyond; hairy, patient moths seem to hold the souls of some unfortunates, though why some people meet this fate is unclear. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "‘8’: Film Review | Fantasia 2019," 23 July 2019 That could get hairy in the Democratic primary, where more than 20 people are running. USA TODAY, "Arthur Ashe, missing Marilyn, pacifier-eating pup: News from around our 50 states," 21 June 2019 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

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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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