grizzle

1
[griz-uh l]
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adjective
  1. gray; grayish; devoid of hue.
noun
  1. gray or partly gray hair.
  2. a gray wig.

Origin of grizzle

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

grizzle

2
[griz-uh l]
verb (used without object), griz·zled, griz·zling. British.
  1. to complain; whimper; whine.
  2. 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
Related formsgriz·zler, noun
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Examples from the Web for grizzle

Contemporary Examples of grizzle

Historical Examples of grizzle

  • My dear old ass, Gilbert wrote, why grizzle and grouse at the Bally Awful!

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • But all this is away from the point, which is, why grizzle and grouse at the Bally Awful.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • His hair and moustache are crisp and just beginning to grizzle.

  • He stabled Grizzle, the last of their saddle stock, and entered.

    Wild Animals at Home

    Ernest Thompson Seton

  • Poor Grizzle did not know what to do, but she had to obey the witch.

    Europa's Fairy Book

    Joseph Jacobs


British Dictionary definitions for grizzle

grizzle

1
verb
  1. to make or become grey
noun
  1. a grey colour
  2. grey or partly grey hair
  3. a grey wig

Word Origin for grizzle

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

grizzle

2
verb (intr) informal, mainly British
  1. (esp of a child) to fret; whine
  2. to sulk or grumble
Derived Formsgrizzler, 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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Word Origin and History for grizzle
adj.

"gray-colored," early 15c., from Old French grisel (see grizzled) which also meant "gray-haired old man" (a noun sense recorded in Middle English from mid-14c.). The verb, "to make gray," is attested from 1740.

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