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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: hoar; HOARFROST

hoary

adjective
     
hoar‧y
1 [usually before noun] a hoary joke, remark etc is so well-known that people no longer find it amusing or interesting:
Not that hoary old chestnut (=old idea, joke, remark etc) again.
2 old-fashioned grey or white in colour, especially through age

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