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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hair•yˈhɛər i(adj.)hair•i•er, hair•i•est.

  1. covered with hair.

  2. consisting of or resembling hair:

    moss of a hairy texture.

  3. Slang. difficult, frightening, or risky.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hairy, haired, hirsute(adj)

    having or covered with hair

    "Jacob was a hairy man"; "a hairy caterpillar"

  2. hairy(adj)

    hazardous and frightening

    "hairy moments in the mountains"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. hairy(adjective)ˈhɛər i

    having a lot of hair

    his hairy arms


  1. hairy(Adjective)

    Of a person, having a lot of hair on the body.

    a hairy man

  2. hairy(Adjective)

    Of an animal, having a lot of fur.

    hairy mammoth

  3. hairy(Adjective)

    Of a body part other than the head, having hair growing from it.

    She is a great admirer of hairy chests.

  4. hairy(Adjective)

    Difficult, complex, intricate, or intimidating.

    Itu2019s a hairy problem, and will probably take several weeks to sort out.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hairy(adj)

    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. hairy

    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.

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