Definitions for hairyˈhɛər i
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
hair•yˈhɛər i(adj.)hair•i•er, hair•i•est.
covered with hair.
consisting of or resembling hair:
moss of a hairy texture.
Slang. difficult, frightening, or risky.
Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal
Origin of hairy:
hairy, haired, hirsute(adj)
having or covered with hair
"Jacob was a hairy man"; "a hairy caterpillar"
hazardous and frightening
"hairy moments in the mountains"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
having a lot of hair
his hairy arms
Of a person, having a lot of hair on the body.
a hairy man
Of an animal, having a lot of fur.
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.
Itu2019s a hairy problem, and will probably take several weeks to sort out.
bearing or covered with hair; made of or resembling hair; rough with hair; rough with hair; rough with hair; hirsute
The New Hacker's Dictionary
1. Annoyingly complicated. “DWIM is incredibly hairy.” 2. Incomprehensible. “DWIM is incredibly hairy.” 3. Of people, high-powered, authoritative, rare, expert, and/or incomprehensible. Hard to explain except in context: “He knows this hairy lawyer who says there's nothing to worry about.” See also hirsute.There is a theorem in simplicial homology theory which states that any continuous tangent field on a 2-sphere is null at least in a point. Mathematically literate hackers tend to associate the term ‘hairy’ with the informal version of this theorem; “You can't comb a hairy ball smooth.” (Previous versions of this entry associating the above informal statement with the Brouwer fixed-point theorem were incorrect.)The adjective ‘long-haired’ is well-attested to have been in slang use among scientists and engineers during the early 1950s; it was equivalent to modern hairy senses 1 and 2, and was very likely ancestral to the hackish use. In fact the noun ‘long-hair’ was at the time used to describe a person satisfying sense 3. Both senses probably passed out of use when long hair was adopted as a signature trait by the 1960s counterculture, leaving hackish hairy as a sort of stunted mutant relic.In British mainstream use, “hairy” means “dangerous”, and consequently, in British programming terms, “hairy” may be used to denote complicated and/or incomprehensible code, but only if that complexity or incomprehesiveness is also considered dangerous.
Translations for hairy
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
covered in hair or having a lot of hair
a hairy chest.
- كثير الشَّعْرArabic
- peludoPortuguese (BR)
- vlasatý, chlupatýCzech
- behåret; loddenDanish
- τριχωτός, μαλλιαρόςGreek
- پر موFarsi
- velu, poiluFrench
- बालों वालाHindi
- hárugur, loðinnIcelandic
- peloso, villosoItalian
- 털이 많은Korean
- matiem klāts; spalvainsLatvian
- (be)håret, loddenNorwegian
- włochaty, owłosionyPolish
- پر موPersian
- ويښتن، څمسن، ببر، تبشنPashto
- vlasatý, chlpatýSlovak
- tüylü, kıllı, saçlıTurkish
- 多毛的Chinese (Trad.)
- بالوں سے بھراUrdu
- rậm tóc, lôngVietnamese
- 多毛的Chinese (Simp.)
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