adjective, grim·mer, grim·mest.
- grillparzer, franz,
- grim dig,
- grim reaper,
- grimaldi man
Origin of grim
Examples from the Web for grim
The grim instability of shelter life is hardly a recipe for success under the best of circumstances.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside|Justin Rohrlich|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Alan Gross was in a cheery mood, having survived a grim five-year stint in a Cuban prison.Castro's Hipster Apologists Want to Keep Cuba ‘Authentically’ Poor|Michael Moynihan|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The medical record, from an Ebola case, made for grim reading, but Dr. Ian Crozier could not put it down.
And this is where the plague outbreak does resemble Ebola—as a grim reminder of the consequences of our global interconnectedness.
All this would be laughable if it weren't for the grim statistics.
Our military leaders recognised, far sooner than the rest of us, that this war was going to be a grim and desperate business.A Padre in France|George A. Birmingham
Daly and Fettin were holding on like grim Death, for the track was rough and the speed unprecedented for that road—a new one.Bamboo Tales|Ira L. Reeves
Poverty stood at his hearth,—when Viola's grateful smile and liberal hand came to chase the grim fiend away.Zanoni|Edward Bulwer Lytton
Grim legend clings around the account of Lags last illness and his funeral.
Donald threw himself into the work before him with grim determination.A Romance of Billy-Goat Hill|Alice Hegan Rice
adjective grimmer or grimmest
Word Origin for grim
Old English grimm "fierce, cruel, savage, dire, painful," from Proto-Germanic *grimmaz (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Old High German, German grimm, Old Norse grimmr, Swedish grym "fierce, furious"), from PIE *ghrem- "angry," perhaps imitative of the sound of rumbling thunder (cf. Greek khremizein "to neigh," Old Church Slavonic vuzgrimeti "to thunder," Russian gremet' "thunder").
A weaker word now than once it was; sense of "dreary, gloomy" first recorded late 12c. It also had a verb form in Old English, grimman (class III strong verb; past tense gramm, p.p. grummen). Old English also had a noun, grima "goblin, specter," perhaps also a proper name or attribute-name of a god, hence its appearance as an element in place names.
Grim reaper as a figurative way to say "death" is attested by 1847 (the association of grim and death goes back at least to 17c.). A Middle English expression for "have recourse to harsh measures" was to wend the grim tooth (early 13c.).
"spectre, bogey, haunting spirit," 1620s, from grim (adj.).