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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. 2017.
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  • Mrs. Pendyce murmured: "Of course, dear grig, I quite understand."

    The Country House John Galsworthy
  • As for himself, he was always as merry as a grig, and no fool, either.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • Hard is her heart as flint or stone,She laughs to see me pale; And merry as a grig is grown,And brisk as bottled ale.

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

    The Book of Snobs William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Of course, dear grig, if I can help you in any way—Horace does so dislike anything to do with the papers.

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

  • When I have grown more accustomed to being the lucky dog, I shall commence cockahooping, and become merry as a grig.

  • 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
  • "That grig will come to a lamentuous end unless he reformationises," remarked One-and-Nine severely.

    The Missing Prince G. E. Farrow
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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