From Middle English hered, equivalent to hair +‎ -ed. Compare Dutch behaard (haired), German behaart (haired).



haired (comparative more haired, superlative most haired)

  1. Bearing one's own hair as grown and yet attached; neither bald nor hairless.
    • 1888, Charles Wyville Thomson, Sir John Murray, Report on the Scientific Results of the Voyage of H.M.S. Challenger, page 40:
      It was pointed at the tip, and whilst its dorsum was haired the opposite surface was hairless, hollowed out into a concha and directed forwards and outwards.
    • 1993, Robert Ruark, The Old Man's Boy Grows Older, page 205:
      He made only one exception: our big rangy Llewellin setter named Frank, a blue-ticked genius that knew integral calculus where quail were concerned, and was haired almost as thinly as a pointer.
    • 2014, Gerardo Ceballos, Mammals of Mexico, page 306:
      Their tails are both indistinctly bicolored, but N. picta has a thinner and more haired tail.
  2. (in combination) Bearing some specific type of hair.
    • 1818, Jane Austen, chapter 15, in Persuasion[1]:
      He had never walked anywhere arm-in-arm with Colonel Wallis (who was a fine military figure, though sandy-haired) without observing that every woman's eye was upon him; every woman's eye was sure to be upon Colonel Wallis.
    • 1848, Charles Dickens, chapter 9, in Dombey and Son[2]:
      Mr Brogley himself was a moist-eyed, pink-complexioned, crisp-haired man, of a bulky figure and an easy temper []
    • 1892, Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Chapter 28, p. 196, [3]
      At half-past six the sun settled down upon the levels, with the aspect of a great forge in the heavens, and presently a monstrous pumpkin-like moon arose on the other hand. The pollard willows, tortured out of their natural shape by incessant choppings, became spiny-haired monsters as they stood up against it.
    • 1924, Yevgeny Zamyatin, We, translated by Gregory Zilboorg, New York: Dutton, 1952, Record Twenty-Seven, p. 145,
      Long-haired, austere eyebrows turned to me.
    • 1934, George Orwell, chapter 2, in Burmese Days[4]:
      He was a tiny wiry-haired fellow with a pale, sharp-featured face and restless movements.
    • 1958, R. K. Narayan, The Guide, Penguin, 1988, Chapter Four, p. 45,
      A clean-shaven, close-haired saint was an anomaly.
    • 1962, Es'kia Mphahlele, The African Image, New York: Frederick A. Praeger, Chapter 5, p. 69, [5]
      Even the curly-haired boys from merchant families, very much to the disgust of their parents, fraternized with Coloured girls.
    • 1997, Ted Hughes, "Myrrha" in Tales from Ovid, London: Faber & Faber, p. 116, lines 110-113,
      Remember the Furies, / The snake-haired, dreadful sisters / Who climb from the hell of conscience / Whirling their torches.
    She was a raven-haired beauty.





  1. simple past tense and past participle of hair