grim

adjective
\ ˈgrim How to pronounce grim (audio) \
grimmer; grimmest

Definition of grim

1 : fierce in disposition or action : savage grim wolves
2a : stern or forbidding in action or appearance a grim taskmaster
b : somber, gloomy grim news of the disaster
3 : ghastly, repellent, or sinister in character a grim tale
4 : unflinching, unyielding grim determination

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Other Words from grim

grimly adverb
grimness noun

Examples of grim in a Sentence

Hikers made a grim discovery when they came across a dead body in the woods. The accident serves as a grim reminder of the dangers of drinking and driving. The prognosis is grim—doctors do not expect her to live longer than six months. He paints a grim picture of the prospects for peace. His face looked grim, and we knew his news wouldn't be good.
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Inside the coalition section of the garrison, bombed-out concrete structures, precariously held up by leaning columns scarred by artillery blasts, provided a grim reminder of earlier fights to take the outpost back from IS control. Lolita C. Baldor, The Seattle Times, "US general visits troops fighting Islamic State in Syria," 22 Oct. 2018 Six taxi drivers have committed suicide in the last six months, a grim reminder of the human costs of technological disruption. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Uber and Lyft offered to bail out struggling taxi drivers, but New York City said no," 1 Aug. 2018 The jagged scar on Mohamed Alom's head is a grim reminder of the dangers of those landslides. Kristen Gelineau, Fox News, "Nowhere to run: Rohingya hunker down as monsoon arrives," 17 July 2018 The resulting grim picture shows a developing public health threat, the researchers argue. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Here are the top ways people die while taking selfies and “being cool”," 4 Oct. 2018 The past year has been grim for emerging markets, with currency collapses, IMF rescues and Venezuela’s descent toward anarchy. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Defaults Hurt, But Emerging Debt Still Wins in the Long Run," 26 Feb. 2019 Here’s a thread by Daniella Zalcman of Women Photograph chronicling the gender disparity in Year in Pictures galleries — overall the numbers are frustratingly grim. Kainaz Amaria, Vox, "2018, explained in pictures by women and non-binary photographers," 21 Dec. 2018 More mid-sized NYC brands have closed their doors, Trump was sworn in, and climate reports have gotten grimmer by the month. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Rentrayage Is the New, Sustainably-Minded Solo Project From Erin Beatty, Formerly of Suno," 5 Feb. 2019 International tensions heightened, and things seemed pretty grim for a few months. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Joanna of Naples," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of grim

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grim

Middle English, from Old English grimm; akin to Old High German grimm fierce, Greek chremetizein to neigh

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grim

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of grim

: unpleasant or shocking to see or think about
: causing feelings of sadness or worry : gloomy or depressing
: having a very serious appearance or manner

grim

adjective
\ ˈgrim How to pronounce grim (audio) \
grimmer; grimmest

Kids Definition of grim

2 : harsh in action or appearance : stern a grim look
3 : gloomy sense 3, dismal grim news
4 : showing firmness and seriousness grim determination
5 : frightful sense 1 a grim tale

Other Words from grim

grimly adverb

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