[hawr-ee, hohr-ee]

A quite enthusiastic-sounding audio pronunciation can be found here

C.1600 as “venerable, ancient;”
From “hoar” + -y

On the word “hoar”:

Old English har ”hoary, gray, venerable, old,”

German also uses the word as a title of respect, in Herr. Of frost, it is recorded in O.E., perhaps expressing the resemblance of the white feathers of frost to an old man’s beard. Used as an attribute of boundary stones in Anglo-Saxon, perhaps in reference to being gray with lichens, hence its appearance in place-names.

Borrowed from my English teacher’s extensive vocabulary

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