What does hairy mean?

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ˈhɛər iha·i·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hairy, haired, hirsuteadjective

    having or covered with hair

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

  2. hairyadjective

    hazardous and frightening

    "hairy moments in the mountains"


  1. Hairyadjective

    Dangerous or frightening; as, a hairy encounter with a mugger.


  1. hairyadjective

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

    a hairy man

  2. hairyadjective

    Of an animal, having a lot of fur.

    hairy mammoth

  3. hairyadjective

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

    She is a great admirer of hairy chests.

  4. hairyadjective

    Difficult, complex, intricate, or intimidating.

    It's a hairy problem, and will probably take several weeks to sort out.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Hairyadjective

    Etymology: from hair.

    She his hairy temples then had rounded
    With coronet of flowers. William Shakespeare, Midsum. Night’s Dream.

    Children are not hairy, for that their skins are more perspirable. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    Storms have shed
    From vines the hairy honours of their head. John Dryden, Virgil.


  1. hairy

    Having or covered with hair; characterized by the presence of hair. The term 'hairy' can also be used informally to describe a situation or problem that is complex or difficult to handle.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hairyadjective

    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.

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  1. Hairy

    covered or clothed with hair.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hairy in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hairy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of hairy in a Sentence

  1. Charles Robert Darwin:

    Man is descended from a hairy, tailed quadruped, probably arboreal in its habits.

  2. Sean Reyes:

    It was a little hairy for a while. . The hardest part was not wanting to kill the guy.

  3. Aydian Dowling:

    I never knew how hairy men were! it just felt like I had finally finished growing up. I simply grew up as a female, and transitioned to a male.

  4. Zelda Williams:

    My apologies, by the way, for subjecting you to the sight of my father in spandex, still, for a man so incredibly hairy and square, watching my dad on a bike was like watching a penguin spread his wings and take flight.

  5. Dave Nadig:

    They could take on securities that they might not want as a favor and that's when things get hairy.

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    long and thin and often limp
    • A. numinous
    • B. pecuniary
    • C. naiant
    • D. lank

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