griz·​zle | \ ˈgri-zəl How to pronounce grizzle (audio) \

Definition of grizzle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 archaic : gray hair
2a : a roan coat pattern or color
b : a gray or roan animal


grizzled; grizzling\ ˈgriz-​liŋ How to pronounce grizzle (audio) , ˈgri-​zə-​ \

Definition of grizzle (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make grayish

intransitive verb

1 : gripe, grumble
2 : to become grayish

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Synonyms & Antonyms for grizzle

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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 Nearly every inhabitant of an Arctic scientific-research station has evacuated in advance of encroaching danger, but grizzle-bearded Augustine, who is gravely ill, has stayed behind. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "The Midnight Sky Is Occasionally Poetic and Often Boring—But It Features One Truly Terrific Performance," 23 Dec. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Grizzlies are typically brown, though their fur can appear to be white-tipped, or grizzled, lending them their name. Fox News, "10 different kinds of bear: Everything you need to know about the huge mammals," 10 Mar. 2020 Given that the film stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt - both grizzled and a bit beaten up but all the more handsome for it - that's saying a lot. Sebastian Smee,, "The ugly underside of Brad Pitt’s cool car in ‘Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood’," 25 Aug. 2019 That, for me, is praise for a work of art that’s as close to puppy love as this grizzled, jaded old WASP will ever feel. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Dog Days of Summer? Visit the New Museum of the Dog," 24 Aug. 2019 Given that the film stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt — both grizzled and a bit beaten up but all the more handsome for it — that’s saying a lot. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, "The ugly underside of Brad Pitt’s cool car in ‘Once Upon a Time . . .’," 23 Aug. 2019 For as long as anyone can remember, the Spurs have been grizzled. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Heading into draft, Spurs have options," 20 June 2019 Is Yellowstone big enough for both Roarke and Costner’s grizzled rancher John Dutton? Sydney Bucksbaum,, "Yellowstone renewed for season 3, Lost star Josh Holloway added to cast," 19 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of grizzle


1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1740, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for grizzle


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

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12 Jan 2021

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“Grizzle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of grizzle

British, informal
: to make a continuous, quiet, crying sound
: to complain in a weak or annoying way

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