[syn: canescent, hoary]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Hoary \Hoar"y\, a.
1. White or whitish. "The hoary willows." --Addison.
2. White or gray with age; hoar; as, hoary hairs.
Reverence the hoary head. --Dr. T.
3. Hence, remote in time past; as, hoary antiquity.
4. Moldy; mossy; musty. [Obs.] --Knolles.
5. (Zool.) Of a pale silvery gray.
6. (Bot.) Covered with short, dense, grayish white hairs;
Hoary bat (Zool.), an American bat (Atalapha cinerea),
having the hair yellowish, or brown, tipped with white.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: showing characteristics of age, especially having grey or
white hair; "whose beard with age is hoar"-Coleridge;
"nodded his hoary head" [syn: grey, gray, grey-
haired, gray-haired, grey-headed, gray-headed,
grizzly, hoar, hoary, white-haired]
2: ancient; "hoary jokes" [syn: hoary, rusty]
3: covered with fine whitish hairs or down [syn: canescent,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
109 Moby Thesaurus words for "hoary":
acknowledged, admitted, advanced, advanced in life,
advanced in years, age-old, aged, ageless, along in years, ancient,
antediluvian, antique, argent, argentine, auld, canescent, chalky,
conventional, cretaceous, customary, dateless, elderly,
established, fixed, fleecy-white, folk, frost-beaded,
frost-chequered, frost-covered, frost-fettered, frost-rent,
frostbound, frosted, frostlike, frosty, frosty-faced, gray,
gray with age, gray-haired, gray-headed, grizzled, grizzly,
grown old, hallowed, handed down, heroic, hoar, hoar-frosted,
hoaryheaded, immemorial, inveterate, lactescent, legendary,
lily-white, long-established, long-standing, marble, marmoreal,
milky, mythological, niveous, of long standing, of old,
of the folk, of yore, old, old as Methuselah, old as history,
old as time, old-time, olden, oral, patriarchal, platinum,
prescriptive, pure white, received, recognized, rime-frosted,
rimed, rooted, senectuous, silver, silver-bearded, silver-headed,
silvered, silvery, snow-white, snowy, swan-white, time-honored,
timeless, timeworn, traditional, tried and true, true-blue,
understood, unwritten, venerable, white, white as snow,
white with age, white-bearded, white-crowned, white-haired,
worshipful, wrinkled, wrinkly, years old