grizzled

[griz-uh ld]

adjective

having gray or partly gray hair.
gray or partly gray.

Origin of grizzled

1350–1400; Middle English. See grizzle1, -ed3
Related formsun·griz·zled, adjective
Can be confusedgrisly gristly grizzled grizzly

grizzle

1
[griz-uh l]

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

grizzle

2
[griz-uh l]

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
Related formsgriz·zler, noun
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Related Words for grizzled

gray, leaden, grizzly

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British Dictionary definitions for grizzled

grizzled

adjective

streaked or mixed with grey; grizzly; griseous
having grey or partly grey hair

grizzle

1

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

grizzle

2

verb (intr) informal, mainly British

(esp of a child) to fret; whine
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 grizzled
adj.

"gray in color," early 14c. (in surname Grissel), a past participle adjective from grizzle, or from Old French grisel "gray," diminutive of gris "gray," from a Frankish or other Germanic source (cf. Old High German gris "gray;" see gray, also cf. ambergris). The -zz- spelling is early 15c.

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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