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grisly

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

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before 1150; Middle English; Old English grislīc horrible; cognate with Old High German grīsenlīh

OTHER WORDS FROM grisly

gris·li·ness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH grisly

grisly , gristly, grizzled, grizzly

Other definitions for grisly (2 of 2)

grisly2
[ gris-lee ]
/ ˈgrɪs li /

adjective, gris·li·er, gris·li·est.Obsolete.
an obsolete spelling of gristly.
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British Dictionary definitions for grisly (1 of 2)

grisly1
/ (ˈɡrɪzlɪ) /

adjective -lier or -liest
causing horror or dread; gruesome

Derived forms of grisly

grisliness, noun

Word Origin for grisly

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

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British Dictionary definitions for grisly (2 of 2)

grisly2
/ (ˈɡrɪzlɪ) /

noun plural -lies
obsolete a variant spelling of grizzly
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