grey

Grey is an alternate spelling for the word gray, which is a color derived from mixing white and black. The word has also come to stand in for other mixtures as well. A person in a grey mood feels gloomy.

If you are commanding a military force and you’re not sure whether you should attack a crowd that is half enemy fighters and half innocent citizens, you could say the decision falls in a grey zone. Grey can be a verb too. When you get old, your hair will grey if you don’t go bald first.

Primary Meanings of grey

1.
adjnv
of an achromatic color of any lightness intermediate between the extremes of white and black
a neutral achromatic color midway between white and black
make grey
2.
nadj
clothing that is a grey color
used to signify the Confederate forces in the American Civil War (who wore grey uniforms)
3.
adj
showing characteristics of age, especially having grey or white hair
4.
n
horse of a light gray or whitish color
Full Definitions of grey
1

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

“the little grey cells”
Synonyms:
gray, grayish, greyish
achromatic, neutral
having no hue

n a neutral achromatic color midway between white and black

Synonyms:
gray, grayness, greyness
Types:
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ash gray, ash grey, silver, silver gray, silver grey
a light shade of grey
charcoal, charcoal gray, charcoal grey, oxford gray, oxford grey
a very dark grey color
dapple-gray, dapple-grey, dappled-gray, dappled-grey
grey with a mottled pattern of darker grey markings
iron-gray, iron-grey
the color of freshly broken cast iron
tattletale gray, tattletale grey
a greyish white
Davy's gray, Davy's grey, iron blue, steel gray, steel grey
slightly purplish or bluish dark grey
Type of:
achromatic color, achromatic colour
a color lacking hue; white or grey or black

v make grey

“The painter decided to grey the sky”
Synonyms:
gray
Type of:
color, color in, colorise, colorize, colour, colour in, colourise, colourize
add color to

v turn grey

“Her hair began to grey
Synonyms:
gray
Type of:
color, colour, discolor, discolour
change color, often in an undesired manner
2

n clothing that is a grey color

“he was dressed in grey
Synonyms:
gray
Type of:
article of clothing, clothing, habiliment, vesture, wear, wearable
a covering designed to be worn on a person's body

n any organization or party whose uniforms or badges are grey

“the Confederate army was a vast grey
Synonyms:
gray
Types:
Army of the Confederacy, Confederate Army
the southern army during the American Civil War
Type of:
organisation, organization
a group of people who work together

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

“a stalwart grey figure”
Synonyms:
gray
southern
in or characteristic of a region of the United States south of (approximately) the Mason-Dixon line
3

adj showing characteristics of age, especially having grey or white hair

Synonyms:
gray, gray-haired, gray-headed, grey-haired, grey-headed, grizzly, hoar, hoary, white-haired
old
(used especially of persons) having lived for a relatively long time or attained a specific age

adj intermediate in character or position

“a grey area between clearly legal and strictly illegal”
Synonyms:
gray
intermediate
lying between two extremes in time or space or state
4

n horse of a light gray or whitish color

Synonyms:
gray
Type of:
mount, riding horse, saddle horse
a lightweight horse kept for riding only

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