adjective (greyer, greyest; grayer, grayest)
- 1Of a colour intermediate between black and white, as of ashes or lead: grey flannel trousers his hair was grey and wispyMore example sentences
greyish, silvery; silver-grey, pearl-grey, pearly, gunmetal grey, slate-grey, smoke-grey, smoky, sootywhite, silver, hoaryashen, wan, pale, pasty, pallid, colourless, sallow, leaden, bloodless, anaemic, white, waxen, chalky; sickly, peaked, drained, sapped, washed-out, drawn, deathly, deathlike, ghostly• informal peaky
- Boys will wear black shoes, grey trousers, a white airtex polo shirt, and a navy v-neck sweatshirt featuring the school's specially designed logo.
- One complaint, though: white / gray text on a black background is just plain painful on the eyes.
- He wore white T-shirt and dark gray pants with black belt.
- 1.1(Of the weather) cloudy and dull: a cold, grey November dayMore example sentences
- He looked exactly the same as yesterday, though that may have had something to do with the fact that the weather was grey and cloudy.
- The weather is gray and gloomy throughout much of the country.
- Tannadice was enveloped by the kind of dreich, grey weather which made you wonder whether the floodlights would have sufficient wattage to illuminate the pitch.
- 1.2(Of a person) having grey hair: [as complement]: she’s getting on a bit, and going greyMore example sentences
- Wearing a brown jacket, blue shirt and blue jeans, he's undoubtedly grey.
- He's grey, got a few miles on the clock and hooks into the public purse as though he was a fair-dinkum member of the royal family, but a merry old soul he is not.
- No wonder I'm completely gray; you two have worried the color plumb out of my hair.
- 1.3 • informal Relating to old people collectively: grey power the grey marketMore example sentences
- ‘If grey power gets itself organised, they'll be the most fantastic force in the land,’ she says.
- In America, grey power is the key to electoral victory.
- It felt more like a rally of the grey power movement.
- 1.4(Of a person’s face) pale, as through tiredness, age, or illness: his face looked grey and drawnMore example sentences
- When I turned to look at him, I was shocked to see his face was gray, covered in perspiration and his breathing was shallow.
- Keziah could see the boy's shoulders sagging with exhaustion, and his face was grey with fatigue.
- His brown eyes were quite noticeable on his otherwise gray face.
- 2Without interest or character; dull and nondescript: grey, faceless men the grey daily routineMore example sentences
- Zahariev works at a gas station and participation in the contest brought him a ray of light from his normally gray and monotonous routine.
- But as long as it doesn't serve the economical interests of the grey men, those who control the governments that control the world, it won't happen.
- The Holloway road is a grim grey artery filled with traffic pollution and lined by nondescript retail outlets.
- 3(Of financial or trading activity) not accounted for in official statistics: the grey economyMore example sentences
- Actually, the so-called grey economy operates very well outside official regulation.
- Finance Minister Milen Velchev believes that the grey economy has receded in Bulgaria in recent years, albeit by a modest degree.
- The latest studies indicate that the grey economy in Bulgaria is at 20 per cent.
- 4South African • historical Relating to an ethnically mixed residential area: a grey Cape Town suburbMore example sentences
- Rand Afrikaans University researchers have listed 13 ‘grey’ suburbs in cities across SA.
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- 1 [mass noun] Grey colour or pigment: dirty intermediate tones of greyMore example sentences
- Their water pots are a sudden burst of colour against the dusty grey of the road.
- The sun was just beginning to set and the sky was a combination of blue, orange and gray.
- It's a startling shade of blue grey, but apart from that, it's very well styled.
- 1.1Grey clothes or material: the gentleman in greyMore example sentences
- Luxurious satin corsets in gun-metal grey, deep mauve, and black mix with slim-fitting trousers and ground-sweeping skirts.
- For this show, Marc continues the dark, gloomy feel with black, navy and gray.
- A woman entered dressed in dark gray, the dress was similar to mine, but the shoulders were covered.
- 1.2Grey hair: he sighed at the amount of grey at his templeMore example sentences
- There is quantity certainly, but quality too: clear skin, facial contours, thick dark hair with very little grey.
- In the center is Frank, wearing a black tuxedo and looking much younger - no beard then, and certainly no gray in his hair.
- That was the first time I noticed the streaks of gray in his dark hair.
- 2A grey thing or animal, in particular a grey or white horse.More example sentences
- Eager equestrians were paraded round the ring by charming chestnuts and graceful greys in the popular horse classes.
- Just as trumpeters wore distinctive uniforms, so too they rode distinctive horses, usually greys, to aid recognition.
- Inside a house at Farm Road, Hyde, the collection of young adults, blacks, whites and greys had been happily breeding unchecked.
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- 1 [no object] (Especially of hair) become grey with age: he had put on weight and greyed somewhat (as adjective greying) a man with greying hairMore example sentences
- In his late fifties, his sandy-coloured hair is greying and a thick grey beard accentuates his rounded face.
- His once brown hair was slowly graying and he'd put on some weight.
- Her straight, dark hair is graying, but her dark eyes are just as sharp and intelligent as they ever were.
- 1.1(Of a person) become older: (as adjective greying) a greying workforceMore example sentences
- As I have grayed, however, I am much more wary of this approach.
- On the one hand the current secondary school workforce is greying.
- It is apparent that our membership has been graying for many years and that fewer and fewer young people are choosing to join us.
grey something out
- Computing Display a menu option in a light font to indicate that it is not available: (as adjective greyed out) temporarily unavailable items are listed in a lighter, ‘grayed-out’ fontMore example sentences
- When I open the Address Book and click on the File menu, the Import and Export options are grayed out.
- Unfortunately, this option is grayed out [ghosted] and I cannot change the setting.
- But better to simply not show them or grey them out so they can't even be selected.
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- Iron is a silvery white or grayish metal that is ductile and malleable.
- The roof above is concrete struts with glass tiled pavement slabs forming hundreds of mini-skylights that let in a certain amount of greyish London light…
- The birds have green/yellow legs and greyish heads.
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- Sin and evil weren't black - he'd argued the point with a priest - but were greyly anonymous.
- Morning light filtered grayly through the curtains and I dressed quietly not wishing to disturb the elderly person who had granted me such a night of quiet rest.
- We climbed a narrow staircase that led to a dusty office lit grayly by one narrow window.
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- Some people would tell the story of your earlier life as an escape from the austerity and puritanism and greyness and lack of colour of Britain at that time.
- A brightly coloured housing centre provides the only relief from the greyness.
- As a rule of thumb, use olive- or yellow-toned cover-up or foundation to conceal redness around the nose and chin, and pale orange tones to conceal greyness and under-eye circles.
Old English grǣg, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch grauw and German grau.