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grig

[grig] /grɪg/
noun, Northern British Dialect.
1.
a cricket or grasshopper.
2.
a small or young eel.
3.
a lively person.
Origin of grig
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English grig, grege; origin uncertain
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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

grig

/ɡrɪɡ/
noun (dialect)
1.
a lively person
2.
a short-legged hen
3.
a young eel
Word Origin
C14: dwarf, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish krik a little creature
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