One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An animal of a large race of the brown bear native to North America.
Ursus arctos horribilis, family Ursidae
- ‘The area is home to around 40 grizzlies and an unknown number of smaller black bears.’
- ‘There were wolves about in those days, as well as grizzlies in Montana and Alberta.’
- ‘The polar bear may surpass the Alaskan grizzly in size, with the maximum recorded weighing 726 kg.’
- ‘Two hundred years ago, as many as 100,000 grizzlies roamed the West.’
- ‘By the time the adult grizzly wakes up in the spring, her baby is strong enough to follow her out of the den.’
Grey or grey-haired.‘a grizzly beard’
grey, greying, greyish, silver, silvery, snowy, snowy-white, white, whitish, hoary, hoar, salt-and-pepperView synonyms
- ‘A grizzly old man in red flannel shirt stood behind the doorway, holding a deadly looking rifle.’
- ‘He had a grizzly gray beard, a dirty brown shirt, denim pants and dark black hair that was very untidy.’
- ‘You're gonna be a father, what're you doin’ with a grizzly old beard like that?’
- ‘There were also a surprising number of grizzly old hippies knocking around the venue, who had presumably come along on the strength of the band's Pink Floyd cover, Comfortably Numb.’
- ‘He looked old and gruff, with a grizzly gray beard and a deeply tanned face.’
- ‘Up in the Visitors' Gallery, Cherie Blair - seemingly unaffected by having planted a kiss on Charles Clarke's grizzly chin in the Lobby on the way in - looked on approvingly.’
- ‘The man stood up, and his graying, grizzly brown hair toppled into his brown eyes as he glared at Colin.’
- ‘The man beside me, a burly, smelly man with a grizzly black beard and a mole on his nose, was looking at me strangely.’
- ‘On the bus from the airport into Reykjavik, there was a crazy man beside me with a grizzly beard and crumpled pieces of paper poking out of the many pockets in his camouflage jacket.’
On the confusion of grizzly and grisly, see grisly
Mid 16th century (as adjective): from grizzle. The noun dates from the early 19th century.
(of a child) inclined to cry fretfully.‘a grizzly baby’
- ‘I also had a grizzly child on hand and I knew there would be trouble if he didn't sleep.’
- ‘‘Teething powders’ found in pharmacies are homeopathic Chamomilla 3X granules, which can be very soothing for grizzly babies.’
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