adjective, gris·li·er, gris·li·est.
Origin of grisly1
adjective, gris·li·er, gris·li·est. Obsolete.
Examples from the Web for grisly
He admitted responsibility without hesitation, and in meticulous, grisly detail.
These grisly images drew a huge audience, and allowed that audience to indulge in righteous indignation.
In the wake of such a grisly screw up, it is tempting to play the blame game.
The grisly footage obtained by BFMTV shows the French-speaking fighters arriving at a scene splayed with bodies.French and Belgian Jihadists Boast About the Syrians They Slaughter|Tracy McNicoll|March 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Christine Pelisek talks to the man examining the grisly finds.The Bone Collectors Get to Work at Florida’s Dozier School|Christine Pelisek|September 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He was only an acquaintance—one with a grisly shadow in his past—and it was best that he remain such.The White Desert|Courtney Ryley Cooper
So, in all my wild imaginings the grisly fear is never far away.The Drunkard|Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
Every mile now began to show the grisly, stinking signs of rinderpest.The Matabele Campaign|R. S. S. Baden-Powell
The grisly fact has been recorded that five separate human legs lay upon the ground.The Great Boer War|Arthur Conan Doyle
A more mercurial jovial fellow never set old Time at defiance, or laughed in the grisly face of Care.Flora Lyndsay|Susanna Moodie
adjective -lier or -liest
Word Origin for grisly
noun plural -lies
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.