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.

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At seventy-one, Gorriti has the look of a grizzled adventurer, still very fit, with whitish hair and beard. Daniel Alarcón, The New Yorker, "What Led Peru’s Former President to Take His Own Life?," 1 July 2019 These grizzled pieces are all part of the club’s push to make the MLS Cup playoffs for the first time in three seasons. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Loons youngsters injecting boost to club’s formula for success," 30 June 2019 The eager waves of swimming children and grizzled fishermen in wooden canoes in this distinct water-world—where deadly floodwaters surged for weeks less than a year ago—will remind you of the meaning of resilience. Alexandra Kirkman, Fortune, "Why You Should Visit Southern India on Your Next Vacation," 22 June 2019 Of the original 3,020, only two remain, grizzled and sagging, near the base of the Washington Monument next to a plaque commemorating the day, March 27, 1912, they were planted. National Geographic, "How cherry blossoms came to the United States," 29 Mar. 2019 But as long as the Blues stay in the title race, Sarri the grizzled old tactician will carry that new-manager sheen. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "The Premier League Was Supposed to be a Two-Team Race. But Chelsea Keeps Hanging Around.," 19 Oct. 2018 The British photojournalist Don McCullin is perhaps best known for his striking war photography — such as his images of grizzled fighters and mourning families in Vietnam. Carolina A. Miranda,, "Datebook: Shots of old Route 66, dreamlike paintings and garments fashioned from paper," 12 July 2018 Andersson’s team is best summed up by Ibrahimovic’s heir as captain: Granqvist, a 33-year-old central defender of old-fashioned virtue, a gritty, grizzled presence, all heart and no pretense. Rory Smith, New York Times, "By His Absence, Zlatan Ibrahimovic Makes Sweden Stronger at the World Cup," 3 July 2018 The pair epitomised the grizzled ruthlessness and serial winning mentality which ultimately overcame the superior quality of the French., "Why France's Quality and Experience Means Now is the Time to Stand and Deliver at the World Cup," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of grizzled

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of grizzled

: having gray hair


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

Kids Definition of grizzled

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

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