What does GREY mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Grey, Zane Greynoun

    United States writer of western adventure novels (1875-1939)

  2. Grey, Lady Jane Greynoun

    Queen of England for nine days in 1553; she was quickly replaced by Mary Tudor and beheaded for treason (1537-1554)

  3. Grey, Charles Grey, Second Earl Greynoun

    Englishman who as Prime Minister implemented social reforms including the abolition of slavery throughout the British Empire (1764-1845)

  4. grey, graynoun

    any organization or party whose uniforms or badges are grey

    "the Confederate army was a vast grey"

  5. gray, grayness, grey, greynessnoun

    a neutral achromatic color midway between white and black

  6. grey, graynoun

    clothing that is a grey color

    "he was dressed in grey"

  7. grey, grayadjective

    horse of a light gray or whitish color

  8. grey, gray, greyish, grayishadjective

    of an achromatic color of any lightness intermediate between the extremes of white and black

    "the little grey cells"; "gray flannel suit"; "a man with greyish hair"

  9. grey, gray, grey-haired, gray-haired, grey-headed, gray-headed, grizzly, hoar, hoary, white-hairedadjective

    showing characteristics of age, especially having grey or white hair

    "whose beard with age is hoar"-Coleridge; "nodded his hoary head"

  10. grey, grayadjective

    used to signify the Confederate forces in the American Civil War (who wore grey uniforms)

    "a stalwart grey figure"

  11. grey, grayverb

    intermediate in character or position

    "a grey area between clearly legal and strictly illegal"

  12. grey, grayverb

    make grey

    "The painter decided to grey the sky"

  13. grey, grayverb

    turn grey

    "Her hair began to grey"


  1. greynoun

    an extraterrestrial creature with greyish skin, bulbous black eyes, and an enlarged head.

  2. greyverb

    To become grey or cause to become grey.

    My hair is beginning to grey.

  3. greyadjective

    Having a grey colour, as the ash of an ember.

  4. greyadjective

    dreary, gloomy

  5. greyadjective

    Having an indistinct, disputed or uncertain quality

  6. Greynoun

    A surname, alternative spelling of Gray

  7. Greynoun

    the Grey River on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand.

  8. Greynoun

    an English earldom.

  9. Etymology: grǣġ, from grēwaz (compare grauw, grau, grár), from Pre-Germanic *ĝrēu̯o, from *ĝher- 'to shine, glow' (compare ravus 'grey', зьрѭ (zĭrjǫ) 'to see, glance', зреть 'to watch, look at' (archaic), žeriù 'to shine').

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Greyadjective

    Etymology: gris, French.

    This ancient ruffian, sir, whose life I spar’d at suit of his grey beard. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Our green youth copies what grey sinners act,
    When venerable age commends the fact. John Dryden.


  1. Grey

    Grey (more common in British English) or gray (more common in American English) is an intermediate color between black and white. It is a neutral or achromatic color, meaning literally that it is "without color", because it can be composed of black and white. It is the color of a cloud-covered sky, of ash and of lead.The first recorded use of grey as a color name in the English language was in 700 CE. Grey is the dominant spelling in European and Commonwealth English, while gray has been the preferred spelling in American English; both spellings are valid in both varieties of English. In Europe and North America, surveys show that grey is the color most commonly associated with neutrality, conformity, boredom, uncertainty, old age, indifference, and modesty. Only one percent of respondents chose it as their favorite color.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Greyadjective

    see Gray (the correct orthography)


  1. Grey

    Grey or gray is an intermediate color between black and white, a neutral or achromatic color, meaning literally a color "without color." It is the color of a cloud-covered sky, of ash and of lead. The first recorded use of grey as a color name in the English language was in AD 700. Grey is the British, Canadian, Australian, Irish, New Zealand and South African spelling, although gray remained in common usage in the UK until the second half of the 20th century. Gray has been the preferred American spelling since approximately 1825, although grey is an accepted variant.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Grey

    grā. Same as Gray.—Grey Friars (see Friar); Grey hen, a stone bottle for holding liquor; Greys=Scots Greys (see Scot).

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  2. GREY

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  3. Grey

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. GREY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Grey is ranked #2845 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Grey surname appeared 12,680 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 4 would have the surname Grey.

    65.1% or 8,266 total occurrences were White.
    23.2% or 2,953 total occurrences were Black.
    4.3% or 547 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.6% or 339 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.3% or 303 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    2.1% or 273 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'GREY' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2179

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'GREY' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2542

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'GREY' in Adjectives Frequency: #282

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of GREY in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of GREY in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of GREY in a Sentence

  1. Kasie Hunt:

    Grey is already showing us her independent streak. We were expecting her to arrive via a scheduled C section on Thursday morning, she had other plans!

  2. Peter Rutherford:

    We know the pros and the cons of a blanket ban, we know the risks of' collective justice', but we also know the risk of not punishing a culture of doping that comes from the very top, i would say that the latter is a much greater threat to sport. We've certainly not been given a clear message of transparency and progress. But no, what we have now is a messy, grey area that doesn't help anyone.

  3. Kevin Bacon:

    Why not let Jamie Dornan take off his pants? or better yet why not let me play Christian Grey?

  4. Bo Levi Mitchell:

    I saw that flag come out real early so I knew, you know you got to stop those things, that almost lost us the Grey Cup.

  5. Andrew Schneider:

    Hey, what do you think drives all this grey matter up here Electricity. It's brain waves surfing on synaptic junctions. If your radio can go out because of sun spots, why can't your cerebellum It's all a matter of reception and it seems to me these signals are going to get crossed somehow. It's all logical.

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    come out into view, as from concealment
    • A. condemn
    • B. emerge
    • C. conceal
    • D. obligate

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