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gray (also grey) (adj) – 1. Of or relating to an achromatic color of any lightness between the extremes of black and white.
2.(a) Dull or dark: a gray, rainy afternoon.
(b) Lacking in cheer; gloomy: a gray mood.
3.(a) Having gray hair; hoary.
(b) Old or venerable.
4. Intermediate in character or position, as with regard to a subjective matter.

(noun) – 1. An achromatic color of any lightness between the extremes of black and white.
2. An object or animal of the color gray.
3. (often Gray) (a) A member of the Confederate Army in the Civil War.
(b) The Confederate Army.
v. grayed, gray?ing, grays also greyed or grey?ing or greys

(verb) – 1. To become gray.
2.(a) To become old; age.
(b) To include a large or increasing proportion of older people.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : (adj) “Of a colour between white and black; having little or no colour or luminosity,” Old English gr?g “gray” (Mercian grei), from Proto-Germanic *grewa- “gray” (source also of Old Norse grar, Old Frisian gre, Middle Dutch gra, Dutch graw, Old High German grao, German grau), with no certain connections outside Germanic. French gris, Spanish gris, Italian grigio, Medieval Latin griseus are Germanic loan-words. The spelling distinction between British grey and U.S. gray developed 20th century. Expression the gray mare is the better horse in reference to households ruled by wives is recorded from 1540s.

(noun) – Circa 1200, from gray (adj.). Gray as figurative for “Southern troops in the U.S. Civil War” is first recorded 1863, in reference to their uniform colour.

(verb) – “Become gray, wither,” 1610s (with an isolated instance from late 14th century), from gray (adj.).