One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘majestic old oaks and hoary willows’
greyish-white, grey, white, silver, silvery
frost-covered, frosty, rimy
2‘he began to think of himself as a hoary ancient’
elderly, aged, old, getting on, ancient, venerable, long in the tooth, of an advanced age, advanced in years
grey-haired, white-haired, silver-haired, silvery-haired, grizzled, grizzly
informal past it, over the hill
rare longevous, senescent
3‘the hoary old adage often used by Fleet Street editors’
trite, hackneyed, clichéd, banal, platitudinous, vapid, ordinary, commonplace, common, stock, conventional, stereotyped, predictable, overused, overdone, overworked, stale, worn out, time-worn, tired, threadbare, hack, unimaginative, unoriginal, derivative, uninspired, prosaic, routine, pedestrian, run-of-the-mill
informal old hat, corny, hacky, played out
North American informal cornball, dime-store
rare truistic, bromidic
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