adjective, grim·mer, grim·mest.
- grillparzer, franz,
- grim dig,
- grim reaper,
- grimaldi man
Origin of grim
Examples from the Web for grimness
The whole process could have been a joyful PR interlude, replacing the current grind of grimness.
This longing for grimness actually has its own portmanteau word, ostalgie.
The chin loses its feminine softness; rigidity and grimness being substituted.Feminism and Sex-Extinction|Arabella Kenealy
He reached and put the tumbler on a shelf, then turned and opened the door, his face all altered to a grimness.The Seats Of The Mighty, Complete|Gilbert Parker
We do look at them, and an uglier set we never saw; not one in a hundred, in his grimness, a gentleman.
There was a grimness in Bindle's voice that caused Mrs. Bindle to pause in the process of pinning a brooch in her bodice.Adventures of Bindle|Herbert George Jenkins
Alan did not observe it, or the grimness that had settled in the face behind him.The Alaskan|James Oliver Curwood
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.).