griz·​zled ˈgri-zəld How to pronounce grizzled (audio)
: sprinkled or streaked with gray : graying
a grizzled beard
also : having gray hair
a grizzled veteran

Examples of grizzled in a Sentence

He had thinning hair and a grizzled beard.
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of grizzled was in the 15th century

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“Grizzled.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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griz·​zled ˈgriz-əld How to pronounce grizzled (audio)
: sprinkled, streaked, or mixed with gray
a grizzled beard

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