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hairy

Hairy things are furry or fuzzy — covered with hair. If your hairy dog lies on your bed, your bed may end up hairy as well.

If your dad has a bushy beard, he has a hairy face, and while some kinds of caterpillars are sleek and smooth, others are hairy. Informally, you can also use hairy to mean "scary." The biggest roller coaster at an amusement park will probably have a few hairy loops and turns. This slang meaning has evolved from its original use as "difficult," dating back to the 1840s.

Definitions of hairy
  1. adjective
    having or covered with hair
    “Jacob was a hairy man”
    “a hairy caterpillar”
    synonyms: haired, hirsute
    canescent, hoary
    covered with fine whitish hairs or down
    coarse-furred, coarse-haired
    having coarse hair or fur
    comal, comate, comose
    of certain seeds (such as cotton) having a tuft or tufts of hair
    curly-coated, curly-haired
    covered with curly hair
    dark-coated, dark-haired
    covered with dark hair
    downy, puberulent, pubescent, sericeous
    covered with fine soft hairs or down
    floccose
    (of plants) having tufts of soft woolly hairs
    furlike
    resembling fur
    furred, furry
    covered with a dense coat of fine silky hairs
    fuzzed, fuzzy
    covering with fine light hairs
    glossy-coated, glossy-furred, glossy-haired
    having glossy hair
    hispid
    (of animals or plants) having stiff coarse hairs or bristles
    lanate, woolly
    covered with dense cottony hairs or hairlike filaments
    long-haired
    with long hair
    pappose
    (of plants such as dandelions and thistles) having pappi or tufts of featherlike hairs or delicate bristles
    pilary, pilose, pilous
    covered with hairs especially fine soft ones
    rough-haired
    having hair that feels rough
    shock-headed
    having a shock (or untidy mass) of hair
    short-haired
    with short hair
    silky-haired
    having hair that resembles silk
    silver-haired
    having hair the color of silver
    smooth-haired
    having hair that feels smooth
    snake-haired
    (of monsters) having snakes for hair
    soft-haired
    having soft hair
    stiff-haired
    having stiff hair
    thick-haired
    having thick hair
    tomentose, tomentous
    densely covered with short matted woolly hairs
    velvety-furred, velvety-haired
    having hair that feels like velvet
    wire-haired, wiry-coated
    (especially of dogs) having stiff wiry hair
    wiry
    of hair that resembles wire in stiffness
    woolly, woolly-haired, wooly, wooly-haired
    covered with dense often matted or curly hairs
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    Antonyms:
    hairless
    having no hair or fur
    bald, bald-headed, bald-pated
    lacking hair on all or most of the scalp
    balding
    getting bald
    beardless, smooth-faced
    lacking hair on the face
    depilatory
    able to remove hair or render hairless
    depilous
    completely hairless
    glabrescent
    lacking hair or a similar growth or tending to become hairless
    glabrous
    having no hair or similar growth; smooth
    naked-muzzled
    having a muzzle that is hairless
    naked-tailed
    having a tail that is hairless
    nonhairy
    without hair
    tonsured
    having a bald spot either shaved or natural
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  2. adjective
    hazardous and frightening
    hairy moments in the mountains”
    Synonyms:
    alarming
    frightening because of an awareness of danger
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