grizzling

[ griz-ling ]
/ ˈgrɪz lɪŋ /
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noun British.

the act of complaining or whimpering.

Origin of grizzling

Definition for grizzling (2 of 3)

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

Definition for grizzling (3 of 3)

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 grizzling (1 of 2)

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

British Dictionary definitions for grizzling (2 of 2)

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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Word Origin and History for grizzling

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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