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grizzle

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[ griz-uhl ]
/ ˈgrɪz əl /
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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.
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Origin of grizzle

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

Other definitions for grizzle (2 of 2)

grizzle2
[ griz-uhl ]
/ 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

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

OTHER WORDS FROM grizzle

grizzler, 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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