Definition of grey adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (especially British English) (usually North American English gray) adjective
    BrE BrE//ɡreɪ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡreɪ//
    Unhappiness, Middle age, Sky
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  1. 1  having the colour of smoke or ashes grey eyes/hair wisps of grey smoke a grey suit
  2. 2  [not usually before noun] having grey hair He's gone very grey. Wordfinderauburn, blonde, dark, fair, ginger, grey, jet black, mousy, redhead, sandy See related entries: Middle age
  3. 3  (of the sky or weather) dull; full of clouds grey skies I hate these grey days. See related entries: Sky
  4. 4(of a person’s skin colour) pale and dull, because they are ill/sick, tired or sad The next morning she looked very grey and hollow-eyed.
  5. 5without interest or variety; making you feel sad Life seems grey and pointless without him. See related entries: Unhappiness
  6. 6(disapproving) not interesting or attractive The company was full of faceless grey men who all looked the same.
  7. 7[only before noun] connected with old people the grey vote grey power
  8. Word OriginOld English grǣg, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch grauw and German grau.Extra examples She was completely grey by the age of thirty. The sky looks very grey. I think it’s going to rain. a light grey suit He’d turned quite grey. The old man’s beard was mostly grey. His face was grey with pain. It is thought of as a city of grey bureaucracy. Ours is a company that isn’t run by grey men in suits. She had to talk to some grey under-secretary from the Ministry.