Origin of grizzled
verb (used with or without object), griz·zled, griz·zling.
Origin of grizzle1
verb (used without object), griz·zled, griz·zling. British.
Origin of grizzle2
Examples from the Web for grizzled
Next day, DSK was perp-walking his way, haggard and grizzled, into infamy.French Political Sex Movie About DSK Sets Cannes Aquiver|Tracy McNicoll|May 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As his grizzled snout suggests, Orlando is 11 years old, which translates to 77 in dog years.Strangers Rally to Help Blind Man Keep His Guide Dog|Michael Daly|December 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
And Ford delivers another impressive performance as the hard-ass, take-no-prisoners colonel; like a hardened, grizzled Han Solo.Harrison Ford Discusses ‘Ender’s Game,’ Drone Warfare, Vietnam, and Playing A Badass President|Marlow Stern|October 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
An unlikely partnership between a grizzled detective and a highly evolved android proves particularly fruitful.Fall-Winter TV Preview: Snap Judgments of 2013–14’s New Shows|Jace Lacob, Kevin Fallon|July 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Boyle by then was a grizzled veteran of amphibious landings, having witnessed four of them in the Mediterranean Theater.The Story of the American Journalists Who Landed on D-Day|Timothy M. Gay|June 6, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Even his grizzled hair slanted forward in a stiff cowlick over his forehead, and his face bristled sharply with his gray beard.Jerome, A Poor Man|Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
A grizzled old knight, whom I am not like to mistake for my true spouse.Two Penniless Princesses|Charlotte M. Yonge
The grizzled coat and the split ear showed the welcome guest at my table for a week past.Secret of the Woods|William J. Long
You see the grizzled Colonel as the image of protest and desolation, helpless in the hands of the implacable Power.A Journal of Impressions in Belgium|May Sinclair
Suddenly he put his grizzled head on Sylvie's shoulder and wept.Snow-Blind|Katharine Newlin Burt
Word Origin for grizzle
verb (intr) informal, mainly British
Word Origin for grizzle
"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.
"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.