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  1. matilda
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    Hello all

    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?

    Thanks all

    Matilda

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    Re: 119-gray-haired

    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."

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    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?

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    Re: 119-gray-haired

    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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