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hoary (adj) very old; (of hair) gray/white.

A hoary past is a very old past, a past of long, long ago. A hoary story/joke is an old and well-known story/joke which is therefore uninteresting. Hoary hair is hair which is white or gray, mainly because of old age. An old person's hair is hoary if their hair is white/gray because of their age.

  • The poem about the adventures of the great king takes us back to the hoary past of the period before Christ.
  • Charles Smith's hoary hair impresses us with the wisdom that is usually associated with old age.
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