Gray vs. Grey - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Grey

    Grey (British English) or gray (American English; see spelling differences) is an intermediate color between black and white. It is a neutral color or achromatic color, meaning literally that it is a color "without color," because it can be composed of black and white. It is the color of a cloud-covered sky, of ash and of lead.The first recorded use of grey as a color name in the English language was in AD 700. Grey is the dominant spelling in European and Commonwealth English, although gray remained in common usage in the UK until the second half of the 20th century. Gray has been the preferred American spelling since approximately 1825, although grey is an accepted variant.In Europe and North America, surveys show that grey is the color most commonly associated with neutrality, conformity, boredom, uncertainty, old age, indifference, and modesty. Only one percent of respondents chose it as their favorite color preferences.

Wiktionary

  • Gray (adjective)

    Having a color somewhere between white and black, as the ash of an ember.

  • Gray (adjective)

    Dreary, gloomy.

  • Gray (adjective)

    Having an indistinct, disputed or uncertain quality.

  • Gray (adjective)

    Relating to older people.

    "the gray dollar, i.e. the purchasing power of the elderly"

  • Gray (verb)

    To become gray.

    "My hair is beginning to gray."

  • Gray (verb)

    To cause to become gray.

  • Gray (verb)

    To turn progressively older, alluding to graying of hair through aging (used in context of the population of a geographic region)

    "the graying of America"

  • Gray (noun)

    An achromatic colour intermediate between black and white.

    "808080"

  • Gray (noun)

    An animal or thing of grey colour, such as a horse, badger, or salmon.

  • Gray (noun)

    an extraterrestrial humanoid with grayish skin, bulbous black eyes, and an enlarged head.

  • Gray (noun)

    A penny with a tail on both sides, used for cheating.

  • Gray (noun)

    In the International System of Units, the derived unit of absorbed dose of radiation (radiation absorbed by a patient); one joule of energy absorbed per kilogram of the patient's mass. Symbol: Gy

  • Grey (adjective)

    Having a color somewhere between white and black, as the ash of an ember.

  • Grey (adjective)

    Dreary, gloomy.

  • Grey (adjective)

    Having an indistinct, disputed or uncertain quality.

  • Grey (adjective)

    Relating to older people.

    "the grey dollar, i.e. the purchasing power of the elderly"

  • Grey (verb)

    To become grey.

    "My hair is beginning to grey."

  • Grey (verb)

    To cause to become grey.

  • Grey (verb)

    To turn progressively older, in the context of the population of a geographic region.

    "the greying of Europe"

  • Grey (noun)

    An achromatic colour intermediate between black and white.

    "808080"

  • Grey (noun)

    An animal or thing of grey colour, such as a horse, badger, or salmon.

  • Grey (noun)

    an extraterrestrial humanoid with greyish skin, bulbous black eyes, and an enlarged head.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Gray (adjective)

    US spelling of grey

  • Gray (noun)

    the SI unit of the absorbed dose of ionizing radiation, corresponding to one joule per kilogram.

  • Grey (adjective)

    of a colour intermediate between black and white, as of ashes or lead

    "grey flannel trousers"

    "his hair was grey and wispy"

  • Grey (adjective)

    (of the weather) cloudy and dull

    "a cold, grey November day"

  • Grey (adjective)

    (of a person) having grey hair

    "she's getting on a bit, and going grey"

  • Grey (adjective)

    relating to old people collectively

    "grey power"

    "the grey market"

  • Grey (adjective)

    (of a person's face) pale, as through tiredness, age, or illness

    "his face looked grey and drawn"

  • Grey (adjective)

    without interest or character; dull and nondescript

    "grey, faceless men"

    "the grey daily routine"

  • Grey (adjective)

    (of financial or trading activity) not accounted for in official statistics

    "the grey economy"

  • Grey (adjective)

    relating to an ethnically mixed residential area

    "a grey Cape Town suburb"

  • Grey (noun)

    grey colour or pigment

    "dirty intermediate tones of grey"

  • Grey (noun)

    grey clothes or material

    "the gentleman in grey"

  • Grey (noun)

    grey hair

    "he sighed at the amount of grey at his temple"

  • Grey (noun)

    a grey thing or animal, in particular a grey or white horse.

  • Grey (verb)

    (especially of hair) become grey with age

    "he had put on weight and greyed somewhat"

  • Grey (verb)

    (of a person) become older

    "the workforce is greying rapidly"

Webster Dictionary

  • Gray (adjective)

    any color of neutral hue between white and black; white mixed with black, as the color of pepper and salt, or of ashes, or of hair whitened by age; sometimes, a dark mixed color; as, the soft gray eye of a dove.

  • Gray (adjective)

    Gray-haired; gray-headed; of a gray color; hoary.

  • Gray (adjective)

    Old; mature; as, gray experience.

  • Gray (adjective)

    gloomy; dismal.

  • Gray (noun)

    A gray color; any mixture of white and black; also, a neutral or whitish tint.

  • Gray (noun)

    An animal or thing of gray color, as a horse, a badger, or a kind of salmon.

  • Gray (noun)

    the Confederate army or a soldier in the confederate army; as, a battle between the blue and the gray.

  • Gray (noun)

    the SI unit of absorbed dosage of ionizing radiation, equal to an absorbed energy of 1 joule per kilogram of irradiated material; - abbreviated Gy. This unit is 100 times the commonly used unit, the rad.

  • Grey (adjective)

    See Gray (the correct orthography).

Princeton's WordNet

  • Gray (noun)

    a neutral achromatic color midway between white and black

  • Gray (noun)

    gray clothing;

    "he was dressed in gray"

  • Gray (noun)

    any organization or party whose uniforms or badges are gray;

    "the Confederate army was a vast gray"

  • Gray (noun)

    horse of a light grey or whitish color

  • Gray (noun)

    English poet best known for his elegy written in a country church-yard (1716-1771)

  • Gray (noun)

    American navigator who twice circumnavigated the globe and who discovered the Columbia River (1755-1806)

  • Gray (noun)

    United States botanist who specialized in North American flora and who was an early supporter of Darwin's theories of evolution (1810-1888)

  • Gray (verb)

    make gray;

    "The painter decided to grey the sky"

  • Gray (verb)

    turn gray;

    "Her hair began to gray"

  • Gray (adjective)

    an achromatic color of any lightness between the extremes of black and white;

    "gray flannel suit"

    "hair just turning gray"

  • Gray (adjective)

    showing characteristics of age, especially having gray or white hair;

    "whose beard with age is hoar"

    "nodded his hoary head"

  • Gray (adjective)

    darkened with overcast;

    "a dark day"

    "a dull sky"

    "a gray rainy afternoon"

    "gray clouds"

    "the sky was leaden and thick"

  • Gray (adjective)

    used to signify the Confederate forces in the Civil War (who wore gray uniforms);

    "a stalwart gray figure"

  • Gray (adjective)

    intermediate in character or position;

    "a gray area between clearly legal and strictly illegal"

  • Grey (noun)

    United States writer of western adventure novels (1875-1939)

  • Grey (noun)

    Queen of England for nine days in 1553; she was quickly replaced by Mary Tudor and beheaded for treason (1537-1554)

  • Grey (noun)

    Englishman who as Prime minister implemented social reforms including the abolition of slavery throughout the British Empire (1764-1845)

  • Grey (noun)

    any organization or party whose uniforms or badges are gray;

    "the Confederate army was a vast gray"

  • Grey (noun)

    a neutral achromatic color midway between white and black

  • Grey (noun)

    gray clothing;

    "he was dressed in gray"

  • Grey (verb)

    make gray;

    "The painter decided to grey the sky"

  • Grey (verb)

    turn gray;

    "Her hair began to gray"

  • Grey (adjective)

    an achromatic color of any lightness between the extremes of black and white;

    "gray flannel suit"

    "hair just turning gray"

  • Grey (adjective)

    showing characteristics of age, especially having gray or white hair;

    "whose beard with age is hoar"

    "nodded his hoary head"

  • Grey (adjective)

    used to signify the Confederate forces in the Civil War (who wore gray uniforms);

    "a stalwart gray figure"

  • Grey (adjective)

    intermediate in character or position;

    "a gray area between clearly legal and strictly illegal"

  • Grey (adjective)

    darkened with overcast;

    "a dark day"

    "a dull sky"

    "a gray rainy afternoon"

    "gray clouds"

    "the sky was leaden and thick"

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