less common spelling of gray

: of the color gray
: tending toward gray
blue-gray eyes
: dull in color
: having the hair gray : hoary
: clothed in gray
: lacking cheer or brightness in mood, outlook, style, or flavor
also : dismal, gloomy
a gray day
: prosaically ordinary : dull, uninteresting
the boring, gray dullness of governmentP. J. O'Rourke
: having an intermediate and often vaguely defined position, condition, or character
an ethically gray area

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This manicure has black, grey, white, and red colors in honor of Megumi's shadow dog from Jujutsu Kaisen. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 19 Oct. 2022 The narrative has been that Lisa’s age, gender, or grey hair played into the decision. Alena Botros, Fortune, 29 Aug. 2022 Try grey hair, or maybe browse our gallery of blonde or brunette color options. Elle Turner, Glamour, 19 June 2022 There is no scientific evidence to support the claim that low vitamin D levels can cause grey hair. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 22 Apr. 2022 The Vestavia Hills Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating David George Stoves, age 74 with grey hair and hazel eyes. Dennis Pillion |, al, 5 Feb. 2022 He is believed to be a white male with grey hair who is about six feet tall and between 50 and 60 years old. CBS News, 27 Jan. 2022 Scott Thomas’s red-carpet cameo came at the end of a year in which grey hair has dominated beauty headlines. Kerry Mcdermott, Vogue, 29 Nov. 2021 Berrini Gomez helps women embrace their grey hair, while Lori Susan shows that there is a way to wear colour and bodycon clothes past 40. Frances Solá-santiago,, 11 Aug. 2021 See More

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“Grey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


variant of gray

Medical Definition

grey, greyout

chiefly British variant of gray, grayout

Biographical Definition

Grey 1 of 4

biographical name (1)

2nd Earl 1764–1845 Charles Grey English statesman; prime minister (1830–34)


2 of 4

biographical name (2)

Sir Edward 1862–1933 Viscount Grey of Fallodon ˈfa-lə-dᵊn How to pronounce Grey (audio) English politician


3 of 4

biographical name (3)

Lady Jane 1537–1554 titular queen of England for 9 days


4 of 4

biographical name (4)

Zane 1875–1939 American novelist

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