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graybeard

Syllabification: gray·beard
Pronunciation: /ˈɡrāˌbird
 
/
(British greybeard)

Definition of graybeard in English:

noun

1 humorous or derogatory An old man.
Example sentences
  • In the new age of fluidly changing computer skills it is the kids, reflexes honed by years of electronic games, who lead the field, not the greybeards.
  • He inspires in youth a sense of possibility and in greybeards a sense of youth.
  • The cheers came on cue, even though the applause must have struck quite a few of the Democratic graybeards in the audience as a tad ironic.
2 archaic A large stoneware jug used for holding spirits.

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