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English adjective: grey

1. grey of an achromatic color of any lightness intermediate between the extremes of white and black

SamplesThe little grey cells.
Gray flannel suit.
A man with greyish hair.

Synonymsgray, grayish, greyish

Similarachromatic, neutral


2. grey showing characteristics of age, especially having grey or white hair

SamplesWhose beard with age is hoar.
Nodded his hoary head.

Synonymsgray, gray-haired, gray-headed, grey-haired, grey-headed, grizzly, hoar, hoary, white-haired


Antonymsyoung, immature

3. grey used to signify the Confederate forces in the American Civil War (who wore grey uniforms)

SamplesA stalwart grey figure.




4. grey intermediate in character or position

SamplesA grey area between clearly legal and strictly illegal.




English noun: Grey

1. Grey (person) United States writer of western adventure novels (1875-1939)

SynonymsZane Grey

Instance hypernymauthor, writer

2. Grey (person) Queen of England for nine days in 1553; she was quickly replaced by Mary Tudor and beheaded for treason (1537-1554)

SynonymsLady Jane Grey

Instance hypernymQueen of England

Member meronymHouse of Tudor, Tudor

3. Grey (person) Englishman who as Prime Minister implemented social reforms including the abolition of slavery throughout the British Empire (1764-1845)

SynonymsCharles Grey, Second Earl Grey

Instance hypernymnational leader, solon, statesman

4. grey (group) any organization or party whose uniforms or badges are grey

SamplesThe Confederate army was a vast grey.


Broader (hypernym)organisation, organization

Narrower (hyponym)Army of the Confederacy, Confederate Army

5. grey (attribute) a neutral achromatic color midway between white and black

Synonymsgray, grayness, greyness

Broader (hypernym)achromatic color, achromatic colour

Narrower (hyponym)ash gray, ash grey, charcoal, charcoal gray, charcoal grey, dapple-gray, dapple-grey, dappled-gray, dappled-grey, Davy's gray, Davy's grey, iron blue, iron-gray, iron-grey, oxford gray, oxford grey, silver, silver gray, silver grey, steel gray, steel grey, tattletale gray, tattletale grey

6. grey (artifact) clothing that is a grey color

SamplesHe was dressed in grey.


Broader (hypernym)article of clothing, clothing, habiliment, vesture, wear, wearable

7. grey (animal) horse of a light gray or whitish color


Broader (hypernym)mount, riding horse, saddle horse

English verb: grey

1. grey (change) make grey

SamplesThe painter decided to grey the sky.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)color, color in, colorise, colorize, colour, colour in, colourise, colourize

2. grey (change) turn grey

SamplesHer hair began to grey.


Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)color, colour, discolor, discolour

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