- causing a shudder or feeling of horror; horrible; gruesome: a grisly murder.
- formidable; grim: a grisly countenance.
Origin of grisly1
Examples from the Web for grisly
He admitted responsibility without hesitation, and in meticulous, grisly detail.The Myth of the Central Park Five
October 19, 2014
These grisly images drew a huge audience, and allowed that audience to indulge in righteous indignation.How the Media Failed to Nail the NFL
October 19, 2014
In the wake of such a grisly screw up, it is tempting to play the blame game.Mary Fallin’s Killer Fiasco
May 1, 2014
The grisly footage obtained by BFMTV shows the French-speaking fighters arriving at a scene splayed with bodies.French and Belgian Jihadists Boast About the Syrians They Slaughter
March 28, 2014
Christine Pelisek talks to the man examining the grisly finds.The Bone Collectors Get to Work at Florida’s Dozier School
September 6, 2013
Swift on her part she paid him back with grisly grasp, and grappled with him.Beowulf
So it might be, indeed, in a country where they were so plentiful, but it was not a grisly this time.
He had not been "treed," he had been bowldered, and the grisly had been arrowed and lanced thoroughly.
If he should slip there would be an end of it, for the grisly was close up now.
A grunt, a growl, a great lift, and the grisly was off the ground.
- causing horror or dread; gruesome
- obsolete a variant spelling of grizzly
Word Origin and History for grisly
Old English grislic "horrible, dreadful," from root of grisan "to shudder, fear" (cf. Old Frisian grislik "horrible," Middle Dutch grisen "to shudder," Dutch griezelen, German grausen "to shudder, fear," Old High German grisenlik "horrible"), of unknown origin; Watkins connects it with the PIE root *ghrei- "to rub," on notion of "to grate on the mind." Cf. also gruesome, to which it probably is connected in some way.