( especially BrE ) ( NAmE usually gray ) / greɪ; NAmE / adjective , noun , verb
having the colour of smoke or ashes :
grey eyes / hair
wisps of grey smoke
a grey suit
[ not usually before noun ] having grey hair :
He's gone very grey.
( of a person's skin colour ) pale and dull, because they are ill / sick, tired or sad
( of the sky or weather ) dull; full of clouds :
I hate these grey days.
without interest or variety; making you feel sad :
Life seems grey and pointless without him.
( disapproving ) not interesting or attractive :
The company was full of faceless grey men who all looked the same.
[ only before noun ] connected with old people :
the grey vote
► grey·ness ( especially BrE ) ( NAmE usually gray·ness ) noun [ U , sing. ]
[ U , C ] the colour of smoke or ashes :
the dull grey of the sky
dressed in grey
[ C ] a grey or white horse :
She's riding the grey.
[ v ] ( of hair ) to become grey :
His hair was greying at the sides.
a tall woman with greying hair
Old English grǣg , of Germanic origin; related to Dutch grauw and German grau .