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Meaning of HAIRY

Pronunciation:  'hehree

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  hazardous and frightening; "hairy moments in the mountains"
  2. [adj]  having or covered with hair; "Jacob was a hairy man"; "a hairy caterpillar"

HAIRY is a 5 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: alarming, canescent, comal, comate, comose, downy, floccose, furlike, furred, furry, fuzzed, fuzzy, hirsute, hispid, hoary, lanate, long-haired, pappose, pilary, pilose, pilous, puberulent, pubescent, sericeous, shock-headed, short-haired, tomentose, tomentous, wire-haired, woolly, wooly
 Antonyms: hairless



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Hair"y\, a.
Bearing or covered with hair; made of or resembling hair;
rough with hair; rough with hair; rough with hair; hirsute.

      His mantle hairy, and his bonnet sedge.  --Milton.

Computing Dictionary

1. Annoyingly complicated. "dwim is incredibly hairy."

2. Incomprehensible. "dwim is incredibly hairy."

3. Of people, high-powered, authoritative, rare, expert, and/or incomprehensible. Hard to explain except in context: "He knows this hairy lawyer who says there's nothing to worry about." See also hirsute.

The adjective "long-haired" is well-attested to have been in slang use among scientists and engineers during the early 1950s; it was equivalent to modern "hairy" and was very likely ancestral to the hackish use. In fact the noun "long-hair" was at the time used to describe a hairy person. Both senses probably passed out of use when long hair was adopted as a signature trait by the 1960s counterculture, leaving hackish "hairy" as a sort of stunted mutant relic.

4. hairy ball.

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