Definition of hairy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhɛːri/

adjective (hairier, hairiest)

1Covered with hair: a hairy chest
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  • The sweet-looking, big-eyed Stevie is now hairy and muscular, covered in tattoos, and boasts a long rap sheet.
  • All around the pedestal, black tentacles grew of the mist, thick and hairy, their undersides covered with tiny snapping jaws.
  • Plant surfaces have a wide range of textures: they may be smooth, hairy, and covered with waxes or with moist secretions.
1.1Having a rough feel or appearance suggestive of coarse hair: a hairy tweed coat and skirt
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  • Her rough, slightly hairy skin bristles beneath my touch.
  • The thick, hairy appearance of the spider's pedipalps - its frontmost appendages - indicated it was a male.
  • He shuddered and pushed himself lower among the rough, hairy blankets.
2 informal Alarming and difficult: we drove up yet another hairy mountain road
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  • Eventually (due to a massive diversion along some hairy country roads, and some cows crossing) we arrive at our destination.
  • Bumper to bumper we proceeded, the road narrowed and things became hairy.
  • Avoiding the cab tout trap, we take a short and hairy bus ride.
tricky, ticklish, difficult, awkward, uncertain, unpredictable, precarious;
Scottish  unchancy
informal chancy, dicey, sticky, iffy
British informal dodgy
North American informal gnarly
archaic or humorous parlous


give someone the hairy eyeball



Example sentences
  • The cars, loaded to road-scraping lowness under stacked roof-racks, overtook us hairily.
  • She makes him a hugely, hairily captivating figure, but the personification of the monk as a beautiful woman adds a gratuitous erotic element.
  • Far worse was being confronted with a live specimen, which sat hairily and heavily on my palm.


Pronunciation: /ˈhɛːrɪnəs/
Example sentences
  • As a young man I observed extreme hairiness on older people (mainly men) but didn't realise it might happen to me in time.
  • It's surprising how many people are unaccustomed to hairiness.
  • A full description makes you take things more slowly: count stamens, measure sepals, check smoothness or hairiness and so on.

Words that rhyme with hairy

airy, Azeri, canary, carabinieri, Carey, Cary, chary, clary, contrary, dairy, Dari, faerie, glairy, glary, Guarneri, lairy, miserere, nary, Nyerere, prairie, Salieri, scary, Tipperary, vary, wary

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