[ griz-lee ]
/ ˈgrɪz li /

adjective, griz·zli·er, griz·zli·est.

somewhat gray; grayish.
having hair that is gray; gray-haired.

noun, plural griz·zlies.

a device for screening ore, consisting of a row of iron or steel bars.


Origin of grizzly

First recorded in 1585–95; grizzle1 + -y1

Can be confused

grisly gristly grizzled grizzly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for grizzly


/ (ˈɡrɪzlɪ) /

adjective -zlier or -zliest

somewhat grey; grizzled

noun plural -zlies


Grizzly is sometimes wrongly used where grisly is meant: a grisly (not grizzly) murder
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