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 for hairy
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hairy \Hair"y\ (-[y^]), a.
     1. Bearing or covered with hair; made of or resembling hair;
        rough with hair; hirsute.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              His mantle hairy, and his bonnet sedge. --Milton.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Very complicated, difficult, or involved; as, a hairy
        problem; a hairy equation. [Colloq.]
        [PJC]
  
     3. Dangerous or frightening; as, a hairy encounter with a
        mugger.
        [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  hairy
      adj 1: having or covered with hair; "Jacob was a hairy man"; "a
             hairy caterpillar" [syn: hairy, haired, hirsute]
             [ant: hairless]
      2: hazardous and frightening; "hairy moments in the mountains"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  145 Moby Thesaurus words for "hairy":
     Herculean, abstruse, arduous, asperous, barbellate, barfy, bearded,
     bewhiskered, bristled, bristling, bristly, brutal, bum, bushy,
     capillary, chancy, cheesy, cirrose, cirrous, comate, complex,
     complicated, confused, confusing, craggy, crappy, creepy, critical,
     crummy, dangerous, delicate, demanding, difficile, difficult,
     dirty, downy, exacting, fibered, fibroid, fibrous, flagelliform,
     fleecy, flocculent, flossy, fluffy, formidable, frightening,
     fringy, funicular, furry, fuzzy, glochidiate, godawful, goshawful,
     gossamery, grim, hairlike, hard, hard-earned, hard-fought, harsh,
     hazardous, hirsute, hispid, icky, intricate, jagged, jawbreaking,
     jeopardous, knotted, knotty, laborious, lanate, ligamental, matted,
     mean, nappy, nerve-racking, no picnic, not easy, operose, perilous,
     pilose, precarious, problematic, pubescent, punk, putrid, rigorous,
     risky, ropy, rough, rugged, scabrous, scary, scraggy,
     set with thorns, setaceous, setose, setous, severe, shagged,
     shaggy, shitty, silky, spiny, steep, stinking, stinky, strenuous,
     strigal, strigate, strigose, stringy, stubbled, stubbly, studded,
     taeniate, taeniform, tangled, thorny, threadlike, thready,
     ticklish, toilsome, tough, treacherous, trichoid, tricky, tufted,
     uncertain, uneven, unhealthy, unshaven, unshorn, unsmooth, unsound,
     uphill, vomity, whiskered, wicked, wiry, woolly, worrying,
     yecchy
  
  

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  hairy
   adj.
  
      1. Annoyingly complicated. ?{DWIM is incredibly hairy.?
  
      2. Incomprehensible. ?{DWIM is incredibly hairy.?
  
      3. Of people, high-powered, authoritative, rare, expert, and/or
      incomprehensible. Hard to explain except in context: ?He knows this hairy
      lawyer who says there's nothing to worry about.? See also hirsute.
  
      There is a theorem in simplicial homology theory which states that any
      continuous tangent field on a 2-sphere is null at least in a point.
      Mathematically literate hackers tend to associate the term ?hairy? with the
      informal version of this theorem; ?You can't comb a hairy ball smooth.?
      (Previous versions of this entry associating the above informal statement
      with the Brouwer fixed-point theorem were incorrect.)
  
      The adjective ?long-haired? is well-attested to have been in slang use
      among scientists and engineers during the early 1950s; it was equivalent to
      modern hairy senses 1 and 2, and was very likely ancestral to the hackish
      use. In fact the noun ?long-hair? was at the time used to describe a person
      satisfying sense 3. Both senses probably passed out of use when long hair
      was adopted as a signature trait by the 1960s counterculture, leaving
      hackish hairy as a sort of stunted mutant relic.
  
      In British mainstream use, ?hairy? means ?dangerous?, and consequently, in
      British programming terms, ?hairy? may be used to denote complicated and/or
      incomprehensible code, but only if that complexity or incomprehesiveness is
      also considered dangerous.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  hairy
  
     1. Annoyingly complicated.  "{DWIM is incredibly hairy."
  
     2. Incomprehensible.  "{DWIM is incredibly hairy."
  
     3. Of people, high-powered, authoritative, rare, expert,
     and/or incomprehensible.  Hard to explain except in context:
     "He knows this hairy lawyer who says there's nothing to worry
     about."  See also hirsute.
  
     The adjective "long-haired" is well-attested to have been in
     slang use among scientists and engineers during the early
     1950s; it was equivalent to modern "hairy" and was very likely
     ancestral to the hackish use.  In fact the noun "long-hair"
     was at the time used to describe a hairy person.  Both senses
     probably passed out of use when long hair was adopted as a
     signature trait by the 1960s counterculture, leaving hackish
     "hairy" as a sort of stunted mutant relic.
  
     4.  hairy ball.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (2001-03-29)
  

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