hoar


hoar

hoar [hawr, hohr] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for hoar on Thesaurus.com noun

  1. hoarfrost; rime.
  2. a hoary coating or appearance.

adjective

  1. hoary.

Origin of hoar before 900; Middle English hor, Old English hār; cognate with Old Norse hārr gray with age, Old Frisian hēr gray, Old High German hēr old (German hehr august, sublime) Related Words for hoars ice, freeze, hoarfrost, hoar Examples from the Web for hoars Historical Examples of hoars

  • Of course the Hoars had to suffer in common with the rest under the strike.

    Johnny Ludlow. First Series

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • British Dictionary definitions for hoars hoar noun

    1. short for hoarfrost

    adjective

    1. rare covered with hoarfrost
    2. archaic a poetic variant of hoary

    Word Origin for hoar Old English hār; related to Old Norse hārr, Old High German hēr, Old Slavonic sěrǔ grey Word Origin and History for hoars hoar adj.

    Old English har “hoary, gray, venerable, old,” the connecting notion being gray hair, from Proto-Germanic *haira (cf. Old Norse harr “gray-haired, old,” Old Saxon, Old High German her “distinguished, noble, glorious,” German hehr), from PIE *kei-, source of color adjectives (see hue (n.1)). German also uses the word as a title of respect, in Herr. Of frost, it is recorded in Old English, perhaps expressing the resemblance of the white feathers of frost to an old man’s beard. Used as an attribute of boundary stones in Anglo-Saxon, perhaps in reference to being gray with lichens, hence its appearance in place-names.

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