grizzle

1
[ griz-uh l ]
/ ˈgrɪz əl /

verb (used with or without object), griz·zled, griz·zling.

to make or become gray or partly gray.

adjective

gray; grayish; devoid of hue.

noun

gray or partly gray hair.
a gray wig.

Origin of grizzle

1
1350–1400; Middle English grisel < Old French, derivative of gris gray < Germanic; see griseous

Definition for grizzle (2 of 2)

grizzle2
[ griz-uh l ]
/ ˈgrɪz əl /

verb (used without object), griz·zled, griz·zling. British.

to complain; whimper; whine.
to laugh or grin in mockery; sneer.

Origin of grizzle

2
1740–50; origin uncertain; compare Middle High German grisgramen to gnash one's teeth, German Griesgram sourpuss

OTHER WORDS FROM grizzle

griz·zler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for grizzle (1 of 2)

grizzle1
/ (ˈɡrɪzəl) /

verb

to make or become grey

noun

a grey colour
grey or partly grey hair
a grey wig

Word Origin for grizzle

C15: from Old French grisel, from gris, of Germanic origin; compare Middle High German grīs grey

British Dictionary definitions for grizzle (2 of 2)

grizzle2
/ (ˈɡrɪzəl) /

verb (intr) informal, mainly British

(esp of a child) to fret; whine
to sulk or grumble

Derived forms of grizzle

grizzler, noun

Word Origin for grizzle

C18: of Germanic origin; compare Old High German grist-grimmōn gnashing of teeth, German Griesgram unpleasant person
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