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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.
    • ux|en|These grey and dun colors may be also produced by mixing whites and blacks.
  2. Dreary, gloomy.
    • the era of grey, boring banality and stagnation
  3. Having an indistinct, disputed or uncertain quality.
  4. Relating to older people.
    the grey dollar, i.e. the purchasing power of the elderly
    • grey experience
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grey (greys, present participle greying; 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,
      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
  4. (transitive, photography) To give a soft effect to (a photograph) by covering the negative while printing with a ground-glass plate.
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grey (plural greys) (often spelled "gray" in the US)

  1. An achromatic colour intermediate between black and white.
  2. An animal or thing of grey colour, such as a horse, badger, or salmon.
    • 1810, Walter Scott, The Lady of the Lake; a Poem, Edinburgh: Printed [by James Ballantyne and Co.] for John Ballantyne and Co.; London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, and William Miller, OCLC 6632529 ↗, (please specify the canto number)(please specify the stanza number):
      Woe worth the chase, woe worth the day, / That costs thy life, my gallant grey.
    • 1833, Sporting Magazine (volume 6, page 400)
      Pioneer seemed now to have the game in his own hands; but the Captain, by taking two desperate leaps, cut off a corner, by which he regained the ground he had lost by the fall, and was up with the grey the remainder of the chase.
  3. (ufology) an extraterrestrial humanoid with greyish skin, bulbous black eyes, and an enlarged head.
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Proper noun
  1. Surname, Alternative spelling of Gray
  2. the Grey River on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand.
  3. an English earldom.

grey (plural greys)

  1. (UK, military, historical, mostly, in the plural) A member of the Royal Scots Greys, a cavalry regiment of the British Army from 1707 to 1971.

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