[ greef ]
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  1. keen mental suffering or distress over affliction or loss; sharp sorrow; painful regret.

  2. a cause or occasion of keen distress or sorrow.

verb (used with or without object)griefed, grief·ing.
  1. Digital Technology.

    • (in an online video game) to behave in an unsportsmanlike way or take pleasure in antagonizing (other players): I reported the jerk who griefed me yesterday—I hope they ban his account.

    • to exploit a glitch or execute an online prank that ruins a website or other online experience for (users): Posting flashing content to an epilepsy site is taking griefing to a malicious and dangerous extreme.

Idioms about grief

  1. come to grief, to suffer disappointment, misfortune, or other trouble; fail: Their marriage came to grief after only two years.

  2. good grief, (used as an exclamation of dismay, surprise, or relief): Good grief, it's started to rain again!

Origin of grief

First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English gref, grief, from Anglo-French gref; see origin at grieve

synonym study For grief

1. See sorrow.

Other words for grief

Opposites for grief

Other words from grief

  • griefless, adjective
  • grief·less·ness, noun

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How to use grief in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for grief


/ (ɡriːf) /

  1. deep or intense sorrow or distress, esp at the death of someone

  2. something that causes keen distress or suffering

  1. informal trouble or annoyance: people were giving me grief for leaving ten minutes early

  2. come to grief informal to end unsuccessfully or disastrously

  3. tune someone grief See tune (def. 17)

Origin of grief

C13: from Anglo-French gref, from grever to grieve 1

Derived forms of grief

  • griefless, adjective

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Other Idioms and Phrases with grief


see come to grief; good grief.

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