adjective \ˈgrim\

: unpleasant or shocking to see or think about

: causing feelings of sadness or worry : gloomy or depressing

: having a very serious appearance or manner


Full Definition of GRIM

:  fierce in disposition or action :  savage
a :  stern or forbidding in action or appearance <a grim taskmaster>
b :  somber, gloomy
:  ghastly, repellent, or sinister in character <a grim tale>
:  unflinching, unyielding <grim determination>
grim·ly adverb
grim·ness noun

Examples of GRIM

  1. Hikers made a grim discovery when they came across a dead body in the woods.
  2. The accident serves as a grim reminder of the dangers of drinking and driving.
  3. The prognosis is grim—doctors do not expect her to live longer than six months.
  4. He paints a grim picture of the prospects for peace.
  5. His face looked grim, and we knew his news wouldn't be good.

Origin of GRIM

Middle English, from Old English grimm; akin to Old High German grimm fierce, Greek chremetizein to neigh
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with GRIM


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