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EnglishEdit

 
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Various shades of grey.

Alternative formsEdit

  • gray (often used in the US)

EtymologyEdit

From Old English grǣġ, from Proto-Germanic *grēwaz (compare Dutch grauw, German grau, Old Norse grár), from Pre-Germanic *ǵrēwo, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰer (to shine, to glow) (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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AdjectiveEdit

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.
    • Isaac Newton
      These grey and dun colors may be also produced by mixing whites and blacks.
  2. Dreary, gloomy.
  3. Having an indistinct, disputed or uncertain quality.
  4. Relating to older people.
    the grey dollar, i.e. the purchasing power of the elderly
    • Ames
      grey experience

Usage notesEdit

A mnemonic for remembering which spelling is used where: grey is the English spelling, while gray is the American spelling. However, grey is also found in American English.

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VerbEdit

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

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NounEdit

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.
    • Sir Walter Scott
      Woe worth the chase, woe worth the day, / That costs thy life, my gallant grey.
  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      brown
             pink              red, crimson              orange              yellow, cream
             lime              green              {{{mint green}}}, {{{dark green}}}              cyan, teal
             azure, sky blue              blue              violet, indigo              magenta, purple

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IcelandicEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

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NounEdit

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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PortugueseEdit

NounEdit

grey m (plural greys)

  1. Alternative form of gray (race of extraterrestrials)

SpanishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Latin grege, singular ablative of grex.

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grey f (plural greyes)

  1. (obsolete, poetic) flock, herd
  2. (religion) flock (people served by a pastor, priest, etc., also all believers in a church or religion)

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