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[griz-uh l]
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verb (used without object), griz·zled, griz·zling. British.
  1. to complain; whimper; whine.
  2. to laugh or grin in mockery; sneer.
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Origin of grizzle2

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 grizzler


  1. to make or become grey
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  1. a grey colour
  2. grey or partly grey hair
  3. a grey wig
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Word Origin

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


verb (intr) informal, mainly British
  1. (esp of a child) to fret; whine
  2. to sulk or grumble
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Derived Formsgrizzler, noun

Word Origin

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 grizzler



"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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