From Middle English , heeri, , equivalent to + . Compare Saterland Frisian (“hairy”), West Frisian hierrich (“hairy”), Dutch (“hairy”), German Low German (“hairy”), German (“hairy”), Swedish (“hairy”), Icelandic hárugur (“hairy”). Compare also Old English hǣriht (“hairy”) and ġehǣre (“hairy”).
The sense “terrifying, scary” possibly results from a blend of and .
hairy ( , )
- Of a person, having a lot of hair on the body.
- a hairy man
- Of an animal, having a lot of fur.
- hairy mammoth
- Of a body part other than the head, having hair growing from it.
- She is a great admirer of hairy chests.
() Difficult, complex, intricate, or intimidating.
- It’s a hairy problem, and will probably take several weeks to sort out.
- () Causing anxiety or fright; terrifying, scary.
of a person
of an animal
of a body part other than the head
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