A gray cat.
- The definition of gray is the color that is formed by mixing black and white, or having hair of this color.
- An example of something gray is the color of stone; gray stone.
- An example of gray is hair that is a mix of the original brown or black as well as white showing at the roots; gray hair.
- Gray is defined as a color that is a mix of black and white or something of this color.
An example of gray is the color of a storm cloud.
- of a color that is a mixture or blend of black and white
- darkish; dull
- dreary; dismal
- having hair that is gray
- old, or old and respected
- wearing gray garments or uniforms
- designating a vague, intermediate area, as between morality and immorality
Origin of grayMiddle English grai from Old English græg, akin to German grau from Indo-European base an unverified form ?her-, to shine, gleam from source Czech z?íti, to see
- an achromatic color made by mixing or blending black and white
- an animal or thing colored gray; esp., a gray horse
- gray or unbleached fabric or clothing
- a person or group wearing a gray uniform
- a Confederate soldier
- see grey water
Origin of grayafter L. H. Gray (1905-65), Eng radiobiologist
- 1810-88; U.S. botanist
- 1716-71; Eng. poet
adjectivegray·er, gray·est, also grey·er grey·est
- Of or relating to an achromatic color of any lightness between the extremes of black and white.
- a. Dull or dark: a gray, rainy afternoon.b. Lacking in cheer; gloomy: a gray mood.
- a. Having gray hair; hoary.b. Old or venerable.
- Intermediate in character or position, as with regard to a subjective matter: the gray area between their differing opinions on the film's morality.
- An achromatic color of any lightness between the extremes of black and white.
- An object or animal of the color gray.
- often Gray a. A member of the Confederate Army in the Civil War.b. The Confederate Army.
verbgrayed, gray·ing, grays, also greyed grey·ing greys
- To become gray.
- a. To become old; age.b. To include a large or increasing proportion of older people: “Federal food programs can't keep up with the nation's rapidly graying population” ( Michael J. McCarthy )
Origin of grayMiddle English grei from Old English grǣg
Origin of grayAfter Louis Harold Gray (1905-1965), British radiobiologist
(comparative grayer, superlative grayest) (spelled "grey" in the UK and the Commonwealth)
A mnemonic for remembering which spelling is used where: grey is the English spelling, while gray is the American spelling. However, grey is also found in American English.
(third-person singular simple present grays, present participle graying, simple past and past participle grayed) (spelled "grey" in the UK and the Commonwealth)
- To become gray.
- My hair is beginning to gray.
- To cause to become gray.
- (demography, slang) To turn progressively older, in the context of the population of a geographic region.
- the graying of America
(plural grays) (spelled "grey" in the UK and the Commonwealth)
From Old English grǣġ, from Proto-Germanic *grēwaz (compare Dutch grauw, German grau, Old Norse grár), from Pre-Germanic *ǵrēwo, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰer (“to shine, to glow”) (compare Latin rāvus (“grey”), Old Church Slavonic зьрѭ (zĭrjǫ, “to see, to glance”), Russian зреть (zretʹ, “to watch, to look at”) (archaic), Lithuanian žeriù (“to shine”)).
Named after Louis Harold Gray.