- to complain; whimper; whine.
- to laugh or grin in mockery; sneer.
Origin of grizzle2
1740–50; origin uncertain; compare Middle High German grisgramen to gnash one's teeth, German Griesgram sourpuss
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- to make or become grey
- a grey colour
- grey or partly grey hair
- a grey wig
C15: from Old French grisel, from gris, of Germanic origin; compare Middle High German grīs grey
- (esp of a child) to fret; whine
- to sulk or grumble
C18: of Germanic origin; compare Old High German grist-grimmōn gnashing of teeth, German Griesgram unpleasant person
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Word Origin and History for grizzler
"gray-colored," early 15c., from Old French grisel (see grizzled) which also meant "gray-haired old man" (a noun sense recorded in Middle English from mid-14c.). The verb, "to make gray," is attested from 1740.
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