grizzle

noun
griz·zle | \ ˈgri-zəl \

Definition of grizzle 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 archaic : gray hair

2a : a roan coat pattern or color

b : a gray or roan animal

grizzle

verb
grizzled; grizzling\ˈgriz-liŋ, ˈgri-zə- \

Definition of grizzle (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make grayish

intransitive verb

1 : gripe, grumble

2 : to become grayish

Examples of grizzle in a Sentence

Verb

He is always grizzling about the weather. He always grizzles that the weather is bad.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Euro-American settlers perceived grizzles as a threat to life and property and killed them in large numbers. Atlanta Travel, ajc, "See Yosemite the kid friendly way," 4 Apr. 2017 Aside from his charismatic grizzle, the role was educational. Sopan Deb And Katie Rogers, New York Times, "From ‘The West Wing’ to ‘Veep’: Chiefs of Staff, Imagined and Real," 22 Aug. 2017 Euro-American settlers perceived grizzles as a threat to life and property and killed them in large numbers. Atlanta Travel, ajc, "See Yosemite the kid friendly way," 4 Apr. 2017 Euro-American settlers perceived grizzles as a threat to life and property and killed them in large numbers. Atlanta Travel, ajc, "See Yosemite the kid friendly way," 4 Apr. 2017 Euro-American settlers perceived grizzles as a threat to life and property and killed them in large numbers. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "A kid-friendly guide to Yosemite," 22 Feb. 2017 Euro-American settlers perceived grizzles as a threat to life and property and killed them in large numbers. Atlanta Travel, ajc, "See Yosemite the kid friendly way," 4 Apr. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And then, after 110 fraught minutes, England switched off for a single second and Mandzukic, that grizzled old warrior, stole in and smashed home the winner. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Croatia Digs Deeper, Burying England’s World Cup Dreams," 12 July 2018 Family groups of sea otters bob in the swells, the lone males, with their grizzled, silver faces, lay back like old men in their recliners, pining away their days. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "Even with one bad eye, Alaska’s Barren Islands are a sight to behold," 13 June 2018 The title refers to Depp’s compound on Sweetzer Avenue in West Hollywood, and the album’s grizzled vocals proudly demonstrate that reunions are also in part about aging. Franklin Soults, BostonGlobe.com, "Back from the brink, Joe Perry rediscovers the joy of playing," 11 Apr. 2018 Brian Cavalier, known as Booda, Cliven Bundy’s giant, grizzled, ogre-looking bodyguard, got up. James Pogue, Outside Online, "The Religious Ideology Driving the Bundy Brothers," 14 May 2018 The grizzled, gum-chewing police chief quickly gets frustrated with the arrogant boy from up north. Walter Mosley, The Hollywood Reporter, "Walter Mosley on 'In the Heat of the Night' at 50: Does Mister Tibbs Still Matter?," 1 Mar. 2018 The earthiest of the bunch is grizzled Aquilino García López, who hand-packs mud around his stills and weighs their copper tops down with rocks. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Agave: The Spirit of a Nation': Film Review | SXSW 2018," 10 Mar. 2018 Wizened and grizzled, tough and smart, not just ready for battle but positively looking forward to it. Rory Smith, New York Times, "In Stopping Tottenham, Juventus Holds Back Time With a Smile," 7 Mar. 2018 The film won Oscars for best director and screenplay for John Huston and best supporting actor for his father, Walter Huston, whose performance became the template for every other grizzled, toothless, loopy gold prospector in movies. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Classic Western 'Treasure Of The Sierra Madre' In Area Theaters," 8 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of grizzle

Noun

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1740, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for grizzle

Noun

Middle English grisel, adjective, gray, from Anglo-French, from gris, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German grīs gray

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grizzle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of grizzle

: to make a continuous, quiet, crying sound

: to complain in a weak or annoying way

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