griz·​zled | \ ˈgri-zəld How to pronounce grizzled (audio) \

Definition of grizzled

: 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.
Recent Examples on the Web The grizzled radio man was best known for his outsized cowboy hat and penchant for making controversial, often offensive, statements. NBC News, "Radio broadcaster Don Imus has died," 27 Dec. 2019 More is expected of the grizzled veteran than that. David Furones,, "Dolphins’ Brian Flores: Anger following pass interference call, loss to Jets was about ‘the players’," 9 Dec. 2019 The question is invariably posed by grizzled ex-pros. The Economist, "Buttonwood Do not write off the macro hedge-fund manager just yet," 28 Nov. 2019 As the 2019-20 season dawns with Wednesday’s opener against New York at the AT&T Center, much of the focus is on the Spurs’ group of grizzled veterans. Jeff Mcdonald,, "For the Spurs, a season hinges on a youth movement," 20 Oct. 2019 Black Friday, at its best, is a chaotic affair that overflows with FOMO and can befuddle even the most grizzled of bargain hunters. Chris Morris, Fortune, "The Best Black Friday Deals for 2019," 27 Nov. 2019 Villarreal's Gerard Moreno and Real Betis' Loren Moron are the early pacesetters with seven apiece, while grizzled old gunslingers Karim Benzema and Luis Suarez (both on five) are still hitting the target, despite their doubters., "90min Predicts the Leading Scorers of the Top European Leagues," 30 Oct. 2019 Now a grizzled 10-year veteran, Strasburg is the guy who can extend this World Series to a seventh game., "This is what the underdog Washington Nationals must believe if they are to win the 115th World Series. Down three games to two after being routed three straight at home, the Nats will turn their desperate eyes to Stephen Strasburg when the Series resumes Tuesday at Minute Maid Park.," 29 Oct. 2019 An accurate shot would be his reward on a morning already a fond memory for a grizzled, old bird hunter. D'arcy Egan, cleveland, "Finnegan, an eager Brittany pup, displays his heritage in dove hunting field — D’Arcy Egan," 21 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of grizzled

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Grizzled.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of grizzled

: having gray hair


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Kids Definition of grizzled

1 : streaked or mixed with gray grizzled hair
2 : having gray hair

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