grisly

1
[griz-lee]
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adjective, gris·li·er, gris·li·est.
  1. causing a shudder or feeling of horror; horrible; gruesome: a grisly murder.
  2. formidable; grim: a grisly countenance.

Origin of grisly

1
before 1150; Middle English; Old English grislīc horrible; cognate with Old High German grīsenlīh
Related formsgris·li·ness, noun
Can be confusedgrisly gristly grizzled grizzly

grisly

2
[gris-lee]
adjective, gris·li·er, gris·li·est. Obsolete.
  1. gristly.
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Contemporary Examples of grisly

Historical Examples of grisly

  • Swift on her part she paid him back with grisly grasp, and grappled with him.

    Beowulf

    Anonymous

  • So it might be, indeed, in a country where they were so plentiful, but it was not a grisly this time.

    Two Arrows

    William O. Stoddard

  • If he should slip there would be an end of it, for the grisly was close up now.

    Two Arrows

    William O. Stoddard

  • A grunt, a growl, a great lift, and the grisly was off the ground.

    Two Arrows

    William O. Stoddard

  • He had not been "treed," he had been bowldered, and the grisly had been arrowed and lanced thoroughly.

    Two Arrows

    William O. Stoddard


British Dictionary definitions for grisly

grisly

1
adjective -lier or -liest
  1. causing horror or dread; gruesome
Derived Formsgrisliness, noun

Word Origin for grisly

Old English grislic; related to Old Frisian grislik, Old High German grīsenlīh

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grisly

2
noun plural -lies
  1. obsolete a variant spelling of grizzly
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Word Origin and History for grisly
adj.

Old English grislic "horrible, dreadful," from root of grisan "to shudder, fear" (cf. Old Frisian grislik "horrible," Middle Dutch grisen "to shudder," Dutch griezelen, German grausen "to shudder, fear," Old High German grisenlik "horrible"), of unknown origin; Watkins connects it with the PIE root *ghrei- "to rub," on notion of "to grate on the mind." Cf. also gruesome, to which it probably is connected in some way.

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