hirsute

What do Santa Claus, Bigfoot, and unicorns have in common? Aside from the fact that they’re completely real, they’re also hirsute: very, very hairy creatures.

All mammals have hair, but the ones that have way more than others, you might call them hirsute. There are hirsute people, like lumberjacks with a jungle of chest hair, bearded ladies at a circus, or just someone with a scraggly hairdo. The word is pronounced “HER-suit,” so if you see a woman wearing a furry jacket with matching pants, you could say, “Her suit is hirsute.” Just make sure it’s actually a suit and not her real hair.

Definitions of hirsute
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adj having or covered with hair

Synonyms:
haired, hairy
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
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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