[ griz-lee ]
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adjective,griz·zli·er, griz·zli·est.
  1. somewhat gray; grayish.

  2. having hair that is gray; gray-haired.

noun,plural griz·zlies.
  1. a device for screening ore, consisting of a row of iron or steel bars.

Origin of grizzly

First recorded in 1585–95; grizzle1 + -y1

Words that may be confused with grizzly

Words Nearby grizzly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use grizzly in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for grizzly


/ (ˈɡrɪzlɪ) /

adjective-zlier or -zliest
  1. somewhat grey; grizzled

nounplural -zlies

usage For grizzly

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

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