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grim

[ grim ]
/ grɪm /
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adjective, grim·mer, grim·mest.
stern and admitting of no appeasement or compromise: grim determination; grim necessity.
of a sinister or ghastly character: a grim joke.
having a harsh, surly, forbidding, or morbid air: a grim man but a just one; a grim countenance.
fierce, savage, or cruel: War is a grim business.
unpleasant or repellant: Scrubbing toilets is a grim task that no one likes doing.
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Origin of grim

First recorded before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Old Saxon, Old High German grimm, Old Norse grimmr

OTHER WORDS FROM grim

grim·ly, adverbgrim·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for grim

grim
/ (ɡrɪm) /

adjective grimmer or grimmest

Derived forms of grim

grimly, adverbgrimness, noun

Word Origin for grim

Old English grimm; related to Old Norse grimmr, Old High German grimm savage, Greek khremizein to neigh
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