hoar vs hoarfrost what difference

what is difference between hoar and hoarfrost

English

Etymology

From Middle English hor, hore, from Old English hār (hoar, hoary, grey, old), from Proto-Germanic *hairaz (grey), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ḱeh₃- (grey, dark). Cognate with German hehr (noble, sublime), Herr (sir, gentleman), Scottish Gaelic ciar (dusky), and Russian се́рый (séryj, grey).

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) enPR: , IPA(key): /hɔː/
  • (General American) enPR: hôr, IPA(key): /hɔɹ/ *
  • (rhotic, without the horsehoarse merger) enPR: hōr, IPA(key): /ho(ː)ɹ/
  • (non-rhotic, without the horsehoarse merger) IPA(key): /hoə/
  • Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)
  • Homophone: whore

Noun

hoar

  1. A white or greyish-white colour.
  2. Hoariness; antiquity.

Synonyms

  • (hoariness): agedness, ancientness, oldhood; see also Thesaurus:oldness

Translations

Adjective

hoar (not comparable)

  1. Of a white or greyish-white colour.
  2. (poetic) Hoarily bearded.
    • 1751, Thomas Warton, Newmarket, a Satire
      And lo, where rapt in beauty’s heavenly dream
      Hoar Plato walks his olived Academe.
    • 1847, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie
      This is the forest primeval. The murmuring pines and the hemlocks,
      Bearded with moss, and in garments green, indistinct in the twilight,
      Stand like Druids of eld, with voices sad and prophetic,
      Stand like harpers hoar, with beards that rest on their bosoms.
  3. (obsolete) Musty; mouldy; stale.
    • 1593, William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, II. iv. 134:
      But a hare that is hoar / Is too much for a score / When it hoars ere it be spent.

Derived terms

  • hoarfrost
  • hoary
  • hoared

Related terms

  • haar
  • horehound

Verb

hoar (third-person singular simple present hoars, present participle hoaring, simple past and past participle hoared)

  1. (obsolete, intransitive) To become mouldy or musty.
    • 1593, William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, II. iv. 136:
      But a hare that is hoar / Is too much for a score / When it hoars ere it be spent.

See also

  • Appendix:Colors

Anagrams

  • Haro, Hora, ROAH, haor, haro, hora, oh ar

Alemannic German

Alternative forms

  • Härre, haar, hoor, hàre

Etymology

From Old High German hār, from Proto-Germanic *hērą. Compare German Haar, Dutch haar, English hair, Swedish hår.

Noun

hoar n

  1. (Gressoney, anatomy) hair (the long hair on a person’s head)

References

  • “hoar” in Patuzzi, Umberto, ed., (2013) Ünsarne Börtar [Our Words], Luserna, Italy: Comitato unitario delle isole linguistiche storiche germaniche in Italia / Einheitskomitee der historischen deutschen Sprachinseln in Italien

Swedish

Noun

hoar

  1. indefinite plural of ho

Verb

hoar

  1. present tense of hoa.

Anagrams

  • hora


English

Alternative forms

  • hoar frost, hoar-frost

Etymology

From Middle English horfrost, hoorfrost, hore vrost, equivalent to hoar +‎ frost.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈhɔːˌfɹɒst/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈhɔɹˌfɹɑst/

Noun

hoarfrost (usually uncountable, plural hoarfrosts)

  1. Dewdrops which have undergone deposition and frozen into ice crystals to form a white deposit on an exposed surface, when the air is cold and moist.
    Coordinate terms: dew, glaze, rime

Related terms

  • hoar

Translations

Further reading

  • hoarfrost on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

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