grey

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English[edit]

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)).

Adjective[edit]

grey (comparative greyer or more grey, superlative greyest or most grey)

  1. UK and Commonwealth of Nations standard spelling of gray.
  2. (South Africa, slang) Synonym of coloured (pertaining to the mixed race of black and white).[1]

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Terms derived from grey

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Verb[edit]

grey (third-person singular simple present greys, present participle greying, simple past and past participle greyed)

  1. UK and Commonwealth of Nations standard spelling of gray.
    • 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.

Noun[edit]

grey (plural greys)

  1. UK and Commonwealth of Nations standard spelling of gray.

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See also[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2001, Charlotte Spinks, A New Apartheid? Urban Spatiality, (Fear of) Crime, and Segregation; in Cape Town, South Africa, Destin Development Studies Institute, ISSN 1470-2320

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Icelandic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse grey, from Proto-Germanic *grawją, cognate with Faroese groyggj.

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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]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English grǣġ, from Proto-West Germanic *grāu, 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

Descendants[edit]

References[edit]

See also[edit]

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 Old Spanish grey, from Latin grex, gregem, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ger- (to assemble, gather together).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɡɾei/, [ˈɡɾei̯]

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
    • 1877, Benito Pérez Galdós, Gloria
      toda la grey díscola y ladina de aquellas verdes montañas
      the whole rebellious and cunning flock from those green mountains

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