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Definition old-fashioned

or more rarely:  appearing old

even more rarely:  covered with fine whitish hairs or down
  • All things vanished within The snowy murk-white, hoary.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Before he had found a stock in all respects suitable the city of Kouroo was a hoary ruin, and he sat on one of its mounds to peel the stick.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Despite its fringe of green it was hoary with age.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • Maege is a hoary old snark, stubborn, short-tempered, and willful.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • At the edge of the heath stood a clump of hoary juniper bushes.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • The larger, ragged, and fantastic branches still obtruded themselves abroad, while the white and hoary trunk stood naked and tempest-riven.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • 38:29 Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it?
    The Bible  --  Job
  • They dangled under ash and alder, beech and birch, larch and elm, hoary old willows and stately chestnut trees.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • At every fork, they kept to the right, making camp at —night amidst the hollows of hoary trees, whose great roots provided shelter from the wind.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • Unperturbed, relieved, he turned his face toward the vast bleak earth, gray and hoary in the iron grip of winter.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • It isn't just setting, that hoary old English class topic.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • The air, afflicted to pallor with the hoary multitudes that infested it, twisted and spun them eccentrically, suggesting an achromatic chaos of things.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • Like the one I had at first seen in the hold, they all bore about them the marks of a hoary old age.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  MS. Found in a Bottle
  • The hoary old warrior looked as if he had bitten into something he did not like the taste of.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • 16:31 The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.
    The Bible  --  Proverbs
  • On the one hand was a sacred grave, on the other hoary locks.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Great trees, bare and silent, stood, rank on rank, with tangled bough and hoary head; their twisted roots were buried in the long green grass.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • The bent and hoary man was satisfied, and so apparently was Henery Fray.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • It consisted mostly of a hoary midnight-blue Japanese kimono.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • He lifted his heavy eyes and saw leaning over him a huge willow-tree, old and hoary.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring

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