grim

adjective \ ˈgrim \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of grim

grimmer; grimmest
1 :fierce in disposition or action :savage
  • grim wolves
2 a :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

grimly

adverb

grimness

noun

Examples of grim in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of grim

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



GRIM Defined for English Language Learners

grim

adjective

Definition of grim for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

grim

adjective \ ˈgrim \

Definition of grim for Students

grimmer; grimmest
1 :1savage 2, cruel
2 :harsh in action or appearance :stern
  • a grim look
3 :gloomy 3, dismal
  • grim news
4 :showing firmness and seriousness
  • grim determination
5 :frightful 1
  • a grim tale

grimly

adverb


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