Definition of grey-faced in English:



  • Pale from tiredness, age, or ill health.

    ‘long lines of grey-faced unemployed at open-air soup kitchens’
    • ‘In his last appearance on video in December 2001, he appeared grey-faced and tired, unable to move his left side.’
    • ‘We piled into the car and joined the other grey-faced parents sitting uncomfortably at the semi-permanent temporary traffic lights on both sides of a big deserted hole.’
    • ‘Grey-faced, off-duty officers stood along Kirkgate with wives, mothers, fathers, parents-in-law and grandparents of serving officers, retired officers and special constables.’
    • ‘In another basement space the demented, clacking linotype machines stamped out our stories in hot metal while their grey-faced operators somehow stayed noisily blithe.’
    • ‘Tonight though, the flu epidemic has hit lead singer Stuart and he crawls to the stage in a cold, grey faced sweat.’
    • ‘They were unshaven, grey-faced, and their dressings were soaked with blood.’
    • ‘It was thronged with Red Guards, stumbling along on foot toward the revolutionary front, shouting and singing; and others, greyfaced and muddy, coming back.’
    • ‘Gorman was rich but, grey-faced and bent, he died a season later.’
    • ‘The casino was packed with grey-faced gambling holidaymakers, their credit cards on a chain from their pocket to the machines.’
    • ‘He has had very little sleep and is grey-faced as he throws down his coffee.’
    • ‘On our first walk through Odessa, an ancient seaport city, we found gray-faced pensioners sitting in front of crumbling apartment buildings behind battered card tables, selling old shoes and an occasional old cabbage.’
    • ‘The rest of us just continue to be stressed out, over worked, ashen and grey faced and up to our necks in debt.’
    • ‘I didn't even have to gaze out at rails or look around at grey-faced fellow commuters as I travelled to my destination.’
    • ‘Modelled on the George Orwell novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, it showed row upon row of grey-suited, grey-faced male automatons (for which read PC users) sitting in front of a huge screen upon which Big Brother pontificates.’
    • ‘When I showed up grey-faced and stressed, he suggested that I was completely depleted of energy.’
    • ‘Her friend sits, grey faced, in the waiting room.’
    • ‘In a room of a few square metres a dim bulb revealed perhaps twenty-five tousle-haired grey-faced snoring snuffling bodies side by side.’
    • ‘He turns to stare at the dark-haired man lying on the bed, a battered and gray-faced ghost barely resembling the brother Greg remembers.’
    • ‘He had to appear before the cameras, grey-faced, once again on the defensive, fending off reporters ' questions about his own future.’
    • ‘Grey faced and covered in dust and wood splinters, they pulled Elli out of the fallen remains of the shelter and Andrew pushed through to drag her into his arms.’
    pale, wan, pasty, grey, leaden, colourless, sallow, pallid, white, waxen, ghostly
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