\ 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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Yes, even darker than last year’s already grim freshman season., "This Week’s Handmaid’s Tale Ending Might Be Its Most Devastating Yet," 2 May 2018 The 25-year-old has been a bright spark in a pretty grim season for Crystal Palace, with his trickery and speed proving to be a constant danger for Premier League defences up and down the country., "Back Where You Came From: Zaha Slams Brighton Ahead of Crucial Crystal Palace Clash on Saturday," 13 Apr. 2018 Its salvation is the narrator’s sense of humor, which sparks and flares in the grimmest of circumstances. Mary Ann Gwinn, The Seattle Times, "A closer look at three National Book Critics Circle finalists," 20 Feb. 2019 The no-concessions framework has persisted even as American hostages have died at nearly four times the rate of other Western hostages captured by jihadist groups—the grim finding of a 2015 study by West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center. Ann Toews, WSJ, "‘We Want to Negotiate’ Review: Deal or No Deal," 21 Jan. 2019 The record is dismal; this comprehensive rundown from Joshua Pollack makes for grim reading. Elizabeth N. Saunders, Washington Post, "Trump and Kim will finally meet, but don’t expect much to change. Here’s why.," 11 June 2018 But long before Clemens saved the day, things looked grim for UT. Nick Moyle, Houston Chronicle, "Kody Clemens' walkoff homer lifts UT over TCU," 18 May 2018 Long before Clemens saved the day, things looked grim for UT against the Horned Frogs. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Clemens’ game-winning homer lifts Texas over TCU," 18 May 2018 Thirty years ago, the future looked grim for the lesser long-nosed bat. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "Once Rare Nectar-Feeding Bat Removed From U.S. Endangered Species List," 20 Apr. 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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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


\ 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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