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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Her son, Ryan Jacob Oickle, was a toddler when he was diagnosed and given a grim prognosis. Jeremy C. Fox, BostonGlobe.com, "Remembering the 7 victims in the horrific New Hampshire crash," 23 June 2019 Despite huge progress, a subset of ALL children continued to have a grim prognosis with standard chemotherapy. Marie Mccullough, https://www.inquirer.com, "How conquering a rare leukemia in children revolutionized cancer care for millions," 6 June 2019 Their experiences — the grim prognoses from doctors, the frantic internet research, the devastating statistics — might now become relics of medical history. Damian Garde, Scientific American, "Is $2.1 Million Too Much for a Drug? For Affected Parents, There Is No Debate," 4 June 2019 But a report published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives a grim prognosis about reaching that goal. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The Trump Administration Forecasts 7 Degrees Fahrenheit of Global Warming by 2100," 28 Sep. 2018 Versluis, of Miami, was only 43 when he was diagnosed in 2015, leading him to multiple surgeries and rounds of chemotherapy that left him in a wheelchair with a grim prognosis. Cindy Goodman, miamiherald, "Immunotherapy is giving some cancer patients a new life when they had all but given up," 25 May 2018 LivFaith/Special to Cleveland.com him with a grim prognosis and at least one to two more years of therapy and radiation. Rich Heileman, cleveland.com, "LivFaith to host fundraiser for Kendall and Vinny: Around The Town," 11 May 2018 To my grim prognosis, this knowledge buoyed me up and calmed my nerves—a welcome reprieve after the year of heartache. Sarah Kowalski, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Misleading Promise of IVF for Women Over 40," 21 Feb. 2018 Soon after their release some of the women shared grim stories of rape and extortion at the hands of the police. Saratu Abiola, Quartz Africa, "The fallout from a church rape scandal shows the harsh reality of being a woman in Nigeria," 3 July 2019

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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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