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grey

1 adjective
     
grey1 S2 W2 British English; gray American English
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colour

CC having the colour of dark clouds, neither black nor white:
an old lady with grey hair
a grey sky
dark/light grey
dark grey trousers
battleship grey, iron-grey

; ➔ slate grey

at slate1 (3)
2

hair

DCB having grey hair
go/turn grey
She was a tall thin woman who had gone grey early.
3

face

looking pale because you are tired, frightened, or ill
grey with
As he listened, his face went grey with shock.
4

boring

boring and unattractive [≠ colourful]:
the grey anonymous men in government offices
visions of a grey and empty world
5

weather

if the weather is grey, the sky is full of clouds and the sun is not bright [≠ bright]:
a grey day
6

of old people

SS [only before noun] British English connected with old people:
the grey vote
7

grey area

used to talk about a situation in which something is not clearly a particular thing, so that people are not sure how to deal with it:
people in the grey area between loyalty and opposition to the government
greyness noun [uncountable]
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