Origin of grig

1350–1400; Middle English grig, grege; origin uncertain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for grig

Historical Examples of grig

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

    The Country House

    John Galsworthy

  • Arden announced blandly that she no longer felt “merry as a grig.”

  • Of course it may have been for the best that it turned out as it did, but—damn it all, Grig, she was worth while!

    One Day


  • As for himself, he was always as merry as a grig, and no fool, either.


    Emile Zola

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for grig


noun dialect
  1. a lively person
  2. a short-legged hen
  3. a young eel

Word Origin for grig

C14: dwarf, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish krik a little creature
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