grizzled

[ griz-uh ld ]
/ ˈgrɪz əld /

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. gritting,
  2. gritty,
  3. grivation,
  4. grivet,
  5. grizzle,
  6. grizzling,
  7. grizzly,
  8. grizzly bear,
  9. gro.,
  10. groan

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 ]
/ 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

grizzle

2
[ 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

Related formsgriz·zler, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for grizzled

grizzled

/ (ˈɡrɪzəld) /

adjective

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

grizzle

1
/ (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

grizzle

2
/ (ˈɡrɪzəl) /

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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