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
Recent Examples on the Web First came the Greens, founded in 1980, who quickly morphed from hirsute radicals into a party of government. The Economist, "The splintering states A pact with the far right in Thuringia rattles German politics," 6 Feb. 2020 In the office, the manager of the Solutions team, a hirsute man with a belly laugh, presented me with a series of questions and puzzles. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, "Four Years in Startups," 23 Sep. 2019 The less lucky of the lot are Madeleine Gonsalvus and her little brother, sons of the hirsute man Petrus Gonsalvus, painted in all their hairy elegance in 1580. Tiziana Cardini, Vogue, "“The Spitzmaus Mummy and Other Treasures,” an Exhibition Curated by Wes Anderson and Juman Malouf, Opens at the Fondazione Prada," 22 Sep. 2019 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

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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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“Hirsute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hirsute. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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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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