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[grig] /grɪg/
noun, Northern British Dialect.
a cricket or grasshopper.
a small or young eel.
a lively person.
Origin of grig
1350-1400; Middle English grig, grege; origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Mrs. Pendyce murmured: "Of course, dear grig, I quite understand."

    The Country House John Galsworthy
  • Arden announced blandly that she no longer felt “merry as a grig.”

  • Of course it may have been for the best that it turned out as it did, but—damn it all, grig, she was worth while!

    One Day Anonymous
  • As for himself, he was always as merry as a grig, and no fool, either.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • Mr. Mooney was so absent, that when the old gentleman said to him, “Shake hands with Mr. grig,” he put out his leg.

    The Lamplighter Charles Dickens
  • The grig did not seem to mind them going in the least, and kept on dancing about and shrieking with laughter.

    The Missing Prince G. E. Farrow
  • Still the original may have been "as merry as a grig," the grig or young eel being so lively and vivacious.

  • grig (greg in Sligo): a boy with sugarstick holds it out to another and says, 'grig, grig,' to triumph over him.

  • Roy loved and obeyed Polly almost as readily as Peggy, and cavorted off beside her as gay as a grig.

    Peggy Stewart at School

    Gabrielle E. Jackson
  • grig must blush at first to give his orders to old men in every way his betters.

    The Book of Snobs William Makepeace Thackeray
British Dictionary definitions for grig


noun (dialect)
a lively person
a short-legged hen
a young eel
Word Origin
C14: dwarf, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish krik a little creature
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