hir·​sute | \ ˈhər-ˌsüt How to pronounce hirsute (audio) , ˈhir-; ˌhər-ˈsüt, hir- How to pronounce hirsute (audio) \

Definition of hirsute

1 : hairy sense 1 his hirsute chest
2 : covered with coarse stiff hairs a hirsute leaf

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Other Words from hirsute

hirsuteness noun

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Hirsute has nearly the same spelling and exactly the same meaning as its Latin parent, hirsutus. The word isn't quite one of a kind, though; it has four close relatives: hirsutism and hirsuties, synonymous nouns naming a medical condition involving excessive hair growth; hirsutal, an adjective meaning "of or relating to hair"; and hirsutulous, a mostly botanical term meaning "slightly hairy" (as in hirsutulous stems). The latter three are not especially common but are entered in our Unabridged Dictionary.

Examples of hirsute in a Sentence

wore a hirsute mask as part of his werewolf costume

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The story, considered the oldest in human history, follows the beefy god-king Gilgamesh and his hirsute friend Enkidu on various moronic trials of strength through forbidding landscapes stalked by monsters. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Book Review: Classics Illustrated," 16 Nov. 2018 Vendors are busy selling everything from zero-euro notes with Marx's hirsute face on them (for nearly $4) to rubber ducks wearing Marx-style beards. Erik Kirschbaum, latimes.com, "Karl Marx is turning 200, and that's creating a stir in Germany, which was literally divided over his ideas," 3 May 2018 Marc Jacobs debuted a hirsute pointy-toed heel with a sparkly Cousin Itt ’do. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Thanks to Christopher Kane, the Ugly-Pretty Shoe Just Hit a Heinous-Chic High," 18 Sep. 2017 Benan — a relative newcomer who started his own label in 2009 and is known for his hirsute appearance — has been sending out some pointed missives, all under 140-characters. Max Berlinger, Esquire, "Umit Benan Won't Shave for A Job, OK?," 1 Mar. 2013 Chris Stapleton The hirsute country-rock-soul troubadour has new music on the way to coincide with his pair of Atlanta shows. Atlanta Life, ajc, "Atlanta Concerts this week: Future, Shaky Beats, Bastille," 5 May 2017 Our group of nine people on five snowmobiles was overseen by a amiable, hirsute young man named Garrett. Chuck Barney, The Mercury News, "Tahoe snowmobile tour zips riders into Sierra’s high country," 2 Feb. 2017 Glimpsed through the trees of the country lane passing through the neighborhood, the house looks bearded, with tall native grasses growing in long, low planters and hirsute berms rising to the second story. Joseph Giovannini, ELLE Decor, "HOUSE TOUR: Contemporary Decor Blends With Farmhouse Tradition Inside A Hamptons Barn," 2 July 2015 The night’s revelation, however, may have come from the hirsute young British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jack Garratt. Matt Diehl, Billboard, "Jack Garratt Shines, U2 Rocks & Adam Clayton Collects Stevie Ray Vaughn Award at Musicares Gala," 27 June 2017

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First Known Use of hirsute

1621, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hirsute

Latin hirsutus; akin to Latin horrēre to bristle — more at horror

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English Language Learners Definition of hirsute

formal + often humorous : having a lot of hair especially on the face or body


hir·​sute | \ ˈhər-ˌsüt How to pronounce hirsute (audio) , ˈhi(ə)r- How to pronounce hirsute (audio) , ˌhər-ˈ, hi(ə)r-ˈ\

Medical Definition of hirsute

: very hairy

Other Words from hirsute

hirsuteness noun

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