Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[gren-dl] /ˈgrɛn dl/
noun, English and Scandinavian Mythology.
the monster killed by Beowulf. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for Grendel
Historical Examples
  • The hideous creature of the night was the mother of Grendel, as all knew well.

    A Book of Myths Jean Lang
  • He lends his sword, Hrunting, to Bewulf for his battle with Grendel's mother, 1456 f.

    Beowulf Unknown
  • Grendel now, monster cruel, be mine to quell in single battle!

    Beowulf Anonymous
  • Of the grip of that Grendel 'neath the great roof upbuilded.

  • No sword made by mortal men could harm Grendel or his mother; and as he struck her Beowulf stumbled and fell.

    Milly and Olly Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Grendel in the poem of Beowulf is in the same order of existence as these portents.

    Epic and Romance W. P. Ker
  • Carrying this and Grendel's head, Beowulf now left the den and swam upwards to the surface of the lake.

  • It is also a different sort of thing from the fight with Grendel.

    Epic and Romance W. P. Ker
  • Before his encounter with Grendel he charges the king of the Danes to send it back to Hygelac in the event of his death.

    The Heroic Age H. Munro Chadwick
  • Or, whilst Grendel still represents the storms, his antagonist is a "Blitzheros."

    Beowulf R. W. Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for Grendel


(in Old English legend) a man-eating monster defeated by the hero Beowulf
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for Grendel

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for Grendel

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for grendel