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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. gray

    That is termed old which has existed long, or which existed long ago. Ancient, from the Latin, through the French, is the more stately, old, from the Saxon, the more familiar word. Familiarity, on one side, is near to contempt; thus we say, an old coat, an old hat. On the other hand, familiarity is akin to tenderness, and thus old is a word of endearment; as, "the old homestead," the "old oaken bucket." "Tell me the old, old story!" has been sung feelingly by millions; "tell me that ancient story" would remove it out of all touch of human sympathy. Olden is a statelier form of old, and is applied almost exclusively to time, not to places, buildings, persons, etc. As regards periods of time, the familiar are also the near; thus, the old times are not too far away for familiar thought and reference; the olden times are more remote, ancient times still further removed. Gray, hoary, and moldering refer to outward and visible tokens of age. Aged applies chiefly to long-extended human life. Decrepit, gray, and hoary refer to the effects of age on the body exclusively; senile upon the mind also; as, a decrepit frame, senile garrulousness. One may be aged and neither decrepit nor senile. Elderly is applied to those who have passed middle life, but scarcely reached old age. Remote (Latin re, back or away, and moveo, move), primarily refers to space, but is extended to that which is far off in time; as, at some remote period. Venerable expresses the involuntary reverence that we yield to the majestic and long-enduring, whether in the material world or in human life and character. Compare ANTIQUE; OBSOLETE; PRIMEVAL.

    Compare synonyms for NEW; YOUTHFUL.

    aged, ancient, antiquated, antique, decrepit, elderly, hoary, immemorial, old, olden, patriarchal, remote, senile, time-honored, time-worn, venerable

Princeton's WordNet

  1. gray, grayness, grey, greynessnoun

    a neutral achromatic color midway between white and black

    grey, grayness, greyness

    terminal, chromatic, immature, northern, young

  2. grey, graynoun

    clothing that is a grey color

    "he was dressed in grey"

    grey, greyness, grayness

    young, chromatic, terminal, northern, immature

  3. grey, graynoun

    any organization or party whose uniforms or badges are grey

    "the Confederate army was a vast grey"

    grey, greyness, grayness

    immature, chromatic, young, northern, terminal

  4. grey, graynoun

    horse of a light gray or whitish color

    grey, greyness, grayness

    terminal, northern, young, chromatic, immature

  5. gray, Gynoun

    the SI unit of energy absorbed from ionizing radiation; equal to the absorption of one joule of radiation energy by one kilogram of matter; one gray equals 100 rad

    grey, grayness, greyness

    terminal, chromatic, immature, northern, young

  6. Gray, Louis Harold Graynoun

    English radiobiologist in whose honor the gray (the SI unit of energy for the absorbed dose of radiation) was named (1905-1965)

    grey, grayness, greyness

    chromatic, immature, terminal, young, northern

  7. Gray, Thomas Graynoun

    English poet best known for his elegy written in a country churchyard (1716-1771)

    grey, grayness, greyness

    chromatic, young, terminal, immature, northern

  8. Gray, Robert Graynoun

    American navigator who twice circumnavigated the globe and who discovered the Columbia River (1755-1806)

    grey, grayness, greyness

    northern, young, immature, chromatic, terminal

  9. Gray, Asa Grayadjective

    United States botanist who specialized in North American flora and who was an early supporter of Darwin's theories of evolution (1810-1888)

    grey, grayness, greyness

    immature, terminal, northern, chromatic, young

  10. grey, gray, greyish, grayishadjective

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

    "the little grey cells"; "gray flannel suit"; "a man with greyish hair"

    grayish, hoar, greyish, hoary, grey-headed, white-haired, gray-headed, grey, grizzly, gray-haired, grey-haired

    young, immature, northern, terminal, chromatic

  11. grey, gray, grey-haired, gray-haired, grey-headed, gray-headed, grizzly, hoar, hoary, white-hairedadjective

    showing characteristics of age, especially having grey or white hair

    "whose beard with age is hoar"-Coleridge; "nodded his hoary head"

    rusty, grizzly, grayish, grey, gray-headed, white-haired, grey-headed, hoar, blue-eyed(a), hoary, canescent, grey-haired, fair-haired(a), gray-haired, white-haired(a), greyish

    terminal, immature, chromatic, northern, young

  12. grey, grayadjective

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

    "a stalwart grey figure"

    grayish, hoar, greyish, hoary, grey-headed, white-haired, gray-headed, grey, grizzly, gray-haired, grey-haired

    immature, northern, terminal, young, chromatic

  13. grey, grayverb

    intermediate in character or position

    "a grey area between clearly legal and strictly illegal"

    grayish, hoar, greyish, hoary, grey-headed, white-haired, gray-headed, grey, grizzly, gray-haired, grey-haired

    immature, terminal, young, chromatic, northern

  14. grey, grayverb

    make grey

    "The painter decided to grey the sky"


    northern, immature, chromatic, young, terminal

  15. grey, grayverb

    turn grey

    "Her hair began to grey"


    immature, young, northern, terminal, chromatic

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. grayadjective

    hoary, black and white

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. grayadjective

    hoary, slate, drab, maltese, mouse-colored

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "gray":

    grey, grise, gris, couleuvre, jack, greys, graem, snake


  1. List of known nicknames for "Gray":

    DJ Gray, Jernej Graj

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How to use gray in a sentence?

  1. Fiona Carter:

    We turned around to see a mushroom cloud coming from Stromboli. Everyone was in shock. Then red hot lava started running down the mountain towards the little village of Ginostra, the cloud got bigger, white and gray. It enveloped Ginostra and now the cloud has covered Stromboli entirely. Several boats set off for Stromboli.

  2. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake:

    I still want to know why the policies and procedures for transport were not followed, i still want to know why none of the officers called for immediate medical assistance despite Mr. Gray's apparent pleas.

  3. Terry Ferebbe Eckmann:

    If you're not a dancer and you start taking some dance classes, you might see really a spike in your gray matter in your brain, you are waking up new neurons and making new connections that you haven't made before.

  4. Cortly Witherspoon:

    We're here to fight for justice for Freddie Gray.

  5. Theodore Roosevelt:

    Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.

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