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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For the barely surviving Tulsamerican, the choices in the air were grim. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Massive Effort to Bring Home an MIA Pilot from World War II," 7 Nov. 2018 The effects of a gunshot wound are often dramatic and, for those of us who don't see them every day, sometimes unexpectedly grim. 5. Korin Miller, SELF, "6 Reasons These Doctors Are So Outspoken About Gun Violence," 14 Nov. 2018 Though Republicans have good reason to expect gains in the Senate, things are looking much grimmer for them in the House of Representatives, which could very well fall into Democratic hands come January. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "Mitch McConnell: if Republicans do well in the midterms, we’ll try to repeal Obamacare," 18 Oct. 2018 Kraft is grim about the options for people like his client under current policies. Fox News, "Sex offenders want to be deported but California keeps them," 20 Sep. 2018 The situation at Papa John’s International Inc. PZZA 6.45% was already grim as its second-quarter earnings showed. Aaron Back, WSJ, "Another Football Season at Risk for Papa John’s," 8 Aug. 2018 What follows is grim and occasionally transcendent, as Schrader's characters wrestle with god and faith, in this life and the next. Zach Baron, GQ, "Paul Schrader Isn't Done Yet," 18 May 2018 Which is to say, the grim, yet perversely fascinating possibility that our technological creations might just annihilate us. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Ars on your lunch break: Transforming citizens into scientists with satellites," 2 Nov. 2018 The area has turned from the grim, dark, and lifeless maze of streets into a pulsing destination for the EasyJet and stag-party crowds. András Szántó, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Budapest Is Europe's Unlikely Capital of Hedonism," 29 Aug. 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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