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 A few weeks in, a grizzled, middle-aged fellow-copywriter named Bart took me to lunch. Bruce Mccall, The New Yorker, "My Life in Cars," 12 Dec. 2020 After the initial call on Wednesday, Whited, a bald man with a grizzled white goatee, met with Mukkadam and directed police to the crime scene, telling them which roads to turn down. William Thornton |, al, "Dying man confessed to 1995 Alabama murder to be ready to ‘meet his maker’," 20 Nov. 2020 And this is all in addition to Christian Pulisic, a Chelsea mainstay who seems like the grizzled veteran of the Americans now despite still only being 22. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: U.S. men's soccer team collecting young talent almost a year after last game," 12 Nov. 2020 In the final moments, as Mando speeds away after saving the day, an old, grizzled man holding a rifle and a Tusken Raider pole is seen watching him. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: 'The Mandalorian' still can't unlock its potential in Season 2 (even with that big reveal)," 30 Oct. 2020 One of the book’s most telling anecdotes involves the late congressman Jack Murtha, a grizzled, conservative Democrat from Pennsylvania. Michelle Goldberg, New York Times, "Nancy Pelosi’s Brilliant Career," 5 May 2020 But not everybody involved in the 2021 Final Four will be a grizzled vet. Tom Orsborn,, "Carnes juggles planning Final Four during coronavirus pandemic," 25 Mar. 2020 In front, his hands folded, his forearms resting on a wooden barrier and balancing a tin cup, is the photograph’s protagonist: a grizzled old man, his mouth a thin line of despair. Arthur Lubow, New York Times, "Empathy and Artistry: Rediscovering Dorothea Lange," 13 Feb. 2020 Even eggs still warm from the hen’s body peeled just as easily as the most grizzled specimen. J. Kenji López-alt, New York Times, "How to Boil the Perfect Egg," 23 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 13 May. 2021.

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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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