haired vs hirsute what difference

what is difference between haired and hirsute



From Middle English hered, equivalent to hair +‎ -ed. Compare Dutch behaard (haired), German behaart (haired).


  • Rhymes: -ɛə(ɹ)d


haired (comparative more haired, superlative most haired)

  1. Bearing one’s own hair as grown and yet attached; neither bald nor hairless.
    • 1888, Charles Wyville Thomson, Sir John Murray, Report on the Scientific Results of the Voyage of H.M.S. Challenger, page 40:
      It was pointed at the tip, and whilst its dorsum was haired the opposite surface was hairless, hollowed out into a concha and directed forwards and outwards.
  2. (in combination) Bearing some specific type of hair.
    • 1892, Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Chapter 28, p. 196, [3]
      At half-past six the sun settled down upon the levels, with the aspect of a great forge in the heavens, and presently a monstrous pumpkin-like moon arose on the other hand. The pollard willows, tortured out of their natural shape by incessant choppings, became spiny-haired monsters as they stood up against it.
    • 1924, Yevgeny Zamyatin, We, translated by Gregory Zilboorg, New York: Dutton, 1952, Record Twenty-Seven, p. 145,
      Long-haired, austere eyebrows turned to me.
    • 1958, R. K. Narayan, The Guide, Penguin, 1988, Chapter Four, p. 45,
      A clean-shaven, close-haired saint was an anomaly.
    • 1962, Es’kia Mphahlele, The African Image, New York: Frederick A. Praeger, Chapter 5, p. 69, [5]
      Even the curly-haired boys from merchant families, very much to the disgust of their parents, fraternized with Coloured girls.
    • 1997, Ted Hughes, “Myrrha” in Tales from Ovid, London: Faber & Faber, p. 116, lines 110-113,
      Remember the Furies, / The snake-haired, dreadful sisters / Who climb from the hell of conscience / Whirling their torches.





  1. simple past tense and past participle of hair


  • Haider, Hardie, Haredi, dehair



From Latin hirsūtus (shaggy, hairy).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /həːˈsjuːt/, /həːˈsuːt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /hɚˈsut/
  • ,
  • Rhymes: -uːt


hirsute (comparative more hirsute, superlative most hirsute)

  1. Covered in hair or bristles; hairy.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Henry Cripps, Partition 3, Section 3, Member 1, Subsection 2, p. 674,[1]
      A third eminent cause of iealousie may be this, when hee that is deformed hirsute and ragged, and very vertuously giuen, will marry some very faire niec piece, or some light huswife, he begins to misdoubt (as well he may) she doth not affect him.
    • 1627, Francis Bacon, Sylva Sylvarum: or Naturall Historie, London: William Lee, VII. Century, p. 157,[2]
      [] there are of Roots, Bulbous Roots, Fibrous Roots, and Hirsute Roots.
    • 1823, Lord Byron, Don Juan, London: John Hunt, Canto IX, Stanza 53, p. 31,[3]
      Juan, I said, was a most beauteous Boy,
      And had retained his boyish look beyond
      The usual hirsute seasons which destroy,
      With beards and whiskers and the like, the fond
      Parisian aspect []
    • 1851, Henry Mayhew, London Labour and the London Poor, London: Charles Griffin & Co., Volume 2, p. 133,[4]
      At that period, too, the Jew’s long beard was far more distinctive than it is in this hirsute generation.
    • 2008, Desmond Morris, The Naked Man: A Study of the Male Body, London: Vintage, Chapter 2, p. 30,
      Despite occasional hirsute rebellions by Cavaliers in the seventeenth century and hippies in the twentieth, the shaggy, long-haired male has remained a rarity []

Usage notes

  • Considerably more formal than everyday hairy.


  • hairy
  • glabrous

Derived terms




Borrowed from Latin hirsūtus.


  • (mute h) IPA(key): /iʁ.syt/


hirsute (plural hirsutes)

  1. hairy, bristly, shaggy

Further reading

  • “hirsute” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).




  1. vocative masculine singular of hīrsūtus

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