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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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 There is no need to shave it first (udders are hairy). Jeanette Winterson, The New Yorker, "Anyone Can Milk a Rubber Glove," 4 June 2017 In short, quantum theory suggests that black holes are hairy, but nobody knows what the hair is. Frank Wilczek, WSJ, "Black Holes May Have ‘Hair’ That We Can See," 3 Jan. 2019 In the lane Snow is glistenin’ A beautiful beast All orange and hairyGritty is my supervisor now. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Gritty’s evolution from googly-eyed hockey mascot to meme to leftist avatar, explained," 24 Dec. 2018 Throughout, her swiveling, zaftig figure was encircled by three scampering, hairy men—so skinny that their ribs poked out—all decked out in fetish gear. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Meet Gerilyn, Tbilisi’s Queen of Drag," 21 Nov. 2018 The Austrian Cheerleading and Cheerdance Federation reports about 2,000 cheerleaders nationwide and maybe are 5% male, making them an easy target, hairy legs and all. Nina Adam, WSJ, "Female Roller Derby Skaters Are Fearless—So Are Their Male Cheerleaders," 7 Dec. 2018 Instead of an elegant horse, think of a hairy rhino with an extraordinary horn. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Unicorns Rhinos Were Real and Lived With Humans, New Study Says," 27 Nov. 2018 Hate it or love it, men in shorts are here to stay, hairy legs included. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Robert Pattinson Wears Shorts With Pulled-Up Socks on the Red Carpet—And Wins," 3 Oct. 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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