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grizzling

[griz-ling] /ˈgrɪz lɪŋ/
noun, British.
1.
the act of complaining or whimpering.
Origin of grizzling

grizzle1

[griz-uh l] /ˈgrɪz əl/
verb (used with or without object), grizzled, grizzling.
1.
to make or become gray or partly gray.
adjective
2.
gray; grayish; devoid of hue.
noun
3.
gray or partly gray hair.
4.
a gray wig.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English grisel < Old French, derivative of gris gray < Germanic; see griseous

grizzle2

[griz-uh l] /ˈgrɪz əl/
verb (used without object), grizzled, grizzling. British.
1.
to complain; whimper; whine.
2.
to laugh or grin in mockery; sneer.
Origin
1740-50; origin uncertain; compare Middle High German grisgramen to gnash one's teeth, German Griesgram sourpuss
Related forms
grizzler, noun
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Examples from the Web for grizzling
Historical Examples
  • Pity to disturb him for the sake of them grizzling conductors.

    The Big Bow Mystery I. Zangwill
  • But there was no time for grizzling then, for the game had to go on.

  • Who would think of looking back and grizzling over a little disappointment twelve years old!

    A Question of Marriage Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • The nearly black or the darkest birds are quite likely to show some white or grizzling on the head.

    Ducks and Geese Harry M. Lamon
  • He did as soon as Alice said that about whining and grizzling being below the dignity of a Manciple.

    The Wouldbegoods E. Nesbit
  • A friend of mine, who is a most cultivated sparrow, tells me you were grizzling for money this afternoon.

    The Quiver, 1/1900 Anonymous
  • Brahms, for all his grumbling and grizzling, had never guessed what it felt like to be suspected of stealing an umbrella.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • I'm that romantic I shall be really interested, instead of grizzling all the time till we get back.

    A Traitor's Wooing Headon Hill
  • Then you may turn out on to the roads where you were took from—a grizzling little roadsters varmint.

    Six Plays Florence Henrietta Darwin
  • He had a shock of hair, once reddish and now grizzling to an unclean white.

British Dictionary definitions for grizzling

grizzle1

/ˈɡrɪzəl/
verb
1.
to make or become grey
noun
2.
a grey colour
3.
grey or partly grey hair
4.
a grey wig
Word Origin
C15: from Old French grisel, from gris, of Germanic origin; compare Middle High German grīs grey

grizzle2

/ˈɡrɪzəl/
verb (intransitive) (informal, mainly Brit)
1.
(esp of a child) to fret; whine
2.
to sulk or grumble
Derived Forms
grizzler, noun
Word Origin
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 grizzling

grizzle

adj.

"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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