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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But the present under new coach Kyle Smith is grim. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Pac-12 basketball: Revised order-of-finish projections based on NBA Draft and transfer decisions," 3 June 2019 Thanks to a new report from Bloomberg, the financial state of Donald Trump's (in)famous Trump Tower has been revealed—and for both the building's commercial and residential spaces, the numbers are grim. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Trump Tower Is Reportedly Now One of Manhattan's Least Desirable Luxury Buildings," 16 May 2019 Jon Snow, her lover-slash-nephew, had one of the most pained reactions of all, leading many fans to think a grim confrontation between the two of them is coming. Glamour, "This Season 1 Scene With Jaime and Jon Might Predict the Game of Thrones Finale," 14 May 2019 What begins as a faux feel-good Super Bowl ad complete with smiling Wives and cooing newborns turns grim. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Handmaid's Tale Season 3 Trailer Dropped During the Super Bowl," 4 Feb. 2019 For instance, her original explanation posits that The Handmaid’s Tale is an example of hopepunk, because even though the world of that story is a grim dystopia, the main character never stops fighting against the system. Aja Romano, Vox, "In the era of Trump and apocalyptic change, Hopepunk is a storytelling template for #resistance — and hanging onto your humanity at all costs.," 27 Dec. 2018 Lava erupting from Hawaii's powerful Kilauea volcano has now destroyed at least 26 homes, more than double the previous figure, officials announced Sunday, citing grim findings from an aerial survey by the fire department. Mike Arroyo, Fox News, "Hawaii's volcanic eruption has destroyed at least 26 homes, officials say," 2 Oct. 2018 Yes, even darker than last year’s already grim freshman season. refinery29.com, "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. SI.com, "Back Where You Came From: Zaha Slams Brighton Ahead of Crucial Crystal Palace Clash on Saturday," 13 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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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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