Definition of grisly in English:

grisly

adjectivegrisliest, grislier

  • Causing horror or disgust.

    ‘the town was shaken by a series of grisly crimes’
    • ‘The more garishly grisly the story becomes, the paler its credibility.’
    • ‘This is the man police believe could hold the key to the grisly murder of two men, whose battered bodies were found in a York bedsit.’
    • ‘This structure works well, and a grisly but fascinating story begins to emerge.’
    • ‘He was determined not to suffer the same grisly fate and kept walking until he found a remote abandoned log cabin where he made his home.’
    • ‘There are several grisly murders involved, but fortunately the emphasis is not on the gore but on the characters.’
    • ‘By and large we know the sort of thing to expect, however grisly.’
    • ‘What strange obsession drives the authors of grisly true-crime books?’
    • ‘Despite the rather grisly subject matter, it is a fascinating subject.’
    • ‘Detectives have been called in after a three-year-old girl made a grisly discovery on the doorstep of her York home.’
    • ‘The grisly work of recovering the bodies floating in the streets and houses of New Orleans has begun.’
    • ‘It was a particularly grisly murder case and one that understandably shook the veteran blues man to his core.’
    • ‘My plea also goes out to the parents of the ones doing these grisly acts.’
    • ‘Tony also works as a forensic archaeologist for Glasgow police, and has worked on what he described as grisly murder cases.’
    • ‘This opening scene sets the tone for a grisly, gory and sometimes comic werewolf horror film.’
    • ‘Jurors were spared much of the gory detail in the case, but the horrific nature of the crime and the grisly aftermath was hard to avoid.’
    • ‘Shots were being fired from the tower in every direction as we approached the grisly scene.’
    • ‘The horrified owners of a popular bakery today told of their shock at being caught up in York's grisly double murder hunt.’
    • ‘The grisly discoveries mean even more tension in areas shaken by an insurgent uprising.’
    • ‘The first grisly find was a dead body inside a car.’
    • ‘The story of secrecy, scientific ethics and national security is macabre, grisly and disturbing.’
    gruesome, ghastly, frightful, horrid, horrifying, fearful, hideous, macabre, spine-chilling, horrible, horrendous, grim, awful, dire, dreadful, terrible, horrific
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Usage

The words grisly and grizzly are quite different in meaning, though often confused. Grisly means ‘causing horror or disgust’, as in grisly crimes, whereas grizzly is chiefly used with reference to a kind of large American bear, and can also mean ‘grey or grey-haired’

Origin

Old English grislic ‘terrifying’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch griezelig.

Pronunciation

grisly

/ˈɡrɪzli/