I UK [ɡreɪ] / US adjective
Word forms "grey":
adjective grey comparative greyer superlative greyest
1) between black and white in colour. If something is similar to this colour, you can say that it is a greyish colour

He wore a dark grey suit.

The water was a greyish-green.

2) if someone goes or turns grey, their hair starts to become white

She seems to have gone grey very quickly.

3) if someone's face is grey, they look pale, because they are ill, weak, or shocked
grey with:

His face was grey with pain.

4) used for describing the weather or the light when it is not very bright, because there is a lot of cloud

In London it was a grey November day.

The rain stopped and the grey skies began to clear.

5) boring

the drab grey tedium of his life

6) not clear and therefore not easy to deal with

a grey area in environmental law

7) [only before noun] used for describing issues that affect old people

the grey vote

Derived word:
noun uncountable
II UK [ɡreɪ] / US noun
Word forms "grey":
singular grey plural greys
1) [countable/uncountable] a colour that is between black and white

shades of grey

2) [countable] an animal that is grey in colour, especially a horse or a cat

III UK [ɡreɪ] / US verb [intransitive]
Word forms "grey":
present tense I/you/we/they grey he/she/it greys present participle greying past tense greyed past participle greyed
1) to become grey in colour

a greying sky

2) if a person or their hair is greying, their hair is becoming white
Phrasal verbs:

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