Does the adjective (grey-haired) refer to only old men, or it can also represent a person with gray hair in any age, even 40?
Grey-haired can refer to anyone, male or female, of any age with grey hair. Sometimes if it's a younger person, they might be referred to as "prematurely grey."
and another question. doesn't it have a conotation or idiom ?
don't native speakers use it to may laugh at s.one with a little gray hair?
Yes, sometimes it is used in a mocking fashion - for example, if someone ahead of you in traffic is driving unusually slow, you may say to your companion (without even seeing the other driver): "I'm sure it's some grey-haired little old lady!" Or if you see a particularly frumpy, unfashionable garment: "That looks like something my grey-haired granddaddy would wear!"
Depending upon the context, grey-haired conjures up one of two images: either a warm, comforting grand-parent type of person; or an elderly, forgetful, slow-moving person.
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