Etymology
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hairy (adj.)

early 14c., "covered with hair, rough, shaggy," from hair + -y (2). From 1848 in slang sense of "difficult," perhaps from the notion of "rugged, rough." Farmer calls this "Oxford slang." Related: Hairiness. For adjectives Old English had hæriht, hære "hairy;" hæren "of hair."

updated on May 09, 2015

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Definitions of hairy from WordNet

hairy (adj.)
having or covered with hair;
a hairy caterpillar
Jacob was a hairy man
Synonyms: haired / hirsute
hairy (adj.)
hazardous and frightening;
hairy moments in the mountains
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.