grey

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English[edit]

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Various shades of grey.

Alternative forms[edit]

  • gray (often used in the US)

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English grey, from Old English grǣġ, from Proto-Germanic *grēwaz (compare Dutch grauw, German grau, Old Norse grár), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰreh₁- (to green, to grow) (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)).

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Adjective[edit]

grey (comparative greyer, superlative greyest) (often spelled “gray” in the US)

  1. Having a color somewhere between white and black, as the ash of an ember.
    • (Can we date this quote by Isaac Newton and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      ux|en|These grey and dun colors may be also produced by mixing whites and blacks.
  2. Dreary, gloomy.
    • (Can we date this quote by Daniel C. Gerould and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      the era of grey, boring banality and stagnation
  3. Having an indistinct, disputed or uncertain quality.
  4. Relating to older people.
    the grey dollar, i.e. the purchasing power of the elderly
    • (Can we date this quote by Ames and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      grey experience

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Verb[edit]

grey (third-person singular simple present greys, present participle greying, simple past and past participle greyed) (often spelled "gray" in the US)

  1. To become grey.
    My hair is beginning to grey.
  2. To cause to become grey.
    • 1941, Emily Carr, Klee Wyck, Chapter 18, [1]
      Now only a few hand-hewn cedar planks and roof beams remained, moss-grown and sagging—a few totem poles, greyed and split.
  3. (demography, slang) To turn progressively older, in the context of the population of a geographic region.
    the greying of Europe
  4. (transitive, photography) To give a soft effect to (a photograph) by covering the negative while printing with a ground-glass plate.

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Noun[edit]

grey (plural greys) (often spelled "gray" in the US)

  1. An achromatic colour intermediate between black and white.
    grey colour:  
  2. An animal or thing of grey colour, such as a horse, badger, or salmon.
  3. (ufology) an extraterrestrial humanoid with greyish skin, bulbous black eyes, and an enlarged head.

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Colors in English · colors, colours (layout · text)
     white      gray, grey      black
             red; crimson              orange; brown              yellow; cream
             lime              green              mint
             cyan; teal              azure, sky blue              blue
             violet; indigo              magenta; purple              pink

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Icelandic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse grey, from Proto-Germanic *grawją.

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Noun[edit]

grey n (genitive singular greys, nominative plural grey)

  1. (archaic) bitch (female dog)
  2. wretch, pitiful person
    Greyið mitt!
    You poor little thing!
    Greyið Jón
    Poor John
  3. indefinite accusative singular of grey
  4. indefinite nominative plural of grey
  5. indefinite accusative plural of grey

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Middle English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old English grǣġ, from Proto-Germanic *grēwaz.

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Adjective[edit]

grey (plural and weak singular greye)

  1. grey, dull, drab (in color)
  2. glinting, glistening

Descendants[edit]

  • English: gray, grey
  • Scots: gray
  • Yola: gry

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Noun[edit]

grey

  1. grey (colour)
  2. Fur of the grey squirrel
  3. grey clothes
  4. grey textiles
  5. An elderly man
  6. A badger

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Colors in Middle English · coloures, hewes (layout · text)
     whit      grey, hor      blak
             red; cremesyn, gernet              citrine, aumbre; broun, tawne              yelow, dorry; canevas
             grasgrene              grene             
             plunket; ewage              asure, livid              blewe, blo, pers
             violet; inde              rose, murrey; purpel, purpur              claret

Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

grey m (plural greys)

  1. Alternative form of gray (race of extraterrestrials)

Spanish[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin grege, singular ablative of grex.

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Noun[edit]

grey f (plural greyes)

  1. (obsolete, poetic) flock, herd
    Synonyms: rebaño, rehala
  2. (religion) flock (people served by a pastor, priest, etc., also all believers in a church or religion)
    Synonyms: rebaño, feligresía, congregación, iglesia

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