grim

adjective
\ˈgrim \
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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Get our daily newsletter In a grim reminder of the operation’s dangers, Saman Gunan, an experienced former Thai navy SEAL, drowned while supplying air tanks. The Economist, "A cave rescue in Thailand shows Britain’s skill at spelunking," 11 July 2018 But thanks to Hopelink, YMCA Seattle-King-Snohomish, the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness and the generous readers of The Seattle Times, back-to-school time is less grim for thousands of families. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "A station could be making firefighters sick, Sue Bird makes history and more rescues from the Thai cave | Monday Morning Brief, July 9," 9 July 2018 The Philadelphia crash is a grim reminder of what’s at stake. Jason Laughlin, Philly.com, "After Philly crash, railroads got more time to install a key safety system. Three years later, some still lag behind," 3 July 2018 The hearing was a grim reminder that more than a year after the Jan. 29, 2017, rampage, Canada is still grappling with Mr. Bissonnette’s crime. Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, "Quebec Mosque Shooter Was Consumed by Refugees, Trump and Far Right," 5 May 2018 In a grim reminder of the threat of gun violence, walkouts at schools in Marion County in Florida were canceled Friday after a student opened fire at a closed classroom door at Forest High School in Ocala, Fla. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "Student walkouts nationwide mark Columbine, push for new gun laws," 20 Apr. 2018 The outlook at tight end is grim, as Geoff Swaim is the only returning option who had a catch last year after recording two for 2 yards. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "Cowboys training camp questions: Who steps up at receiver for Dak Prescott?," 12 July 2018 At the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, doctors are trying to hold back the grim tide of overdoses. Yvonne Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "The truth about Lawrence," 14 July 2018 Buzz60 Trade wars and tariff talk are a drag on 401(k) plans, as all the grim headlines drown out good news and cap gains in the stock market. Adam Shell, USA TODAY, "How 401(k) investors can profit from strong earnings season on Wall Street," 13 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 \
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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