Main definitions of grizzly in English

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grizzly1

(also grizzly bear)

noun

  • An animal of a large race of the brown bear native to North America.

    • ‘There were wolves about in those days, as well as grizzlies in Montana and Alberta.’
    • ‘Two hundred years ago, as many as 100,000 grizzlies roamed the West.’
    • ‘The area is home to around 40 grizzlies and an unknown number of smaller black bears.’
    • ‘By the time the adult grizzly wakes up in the spring, her baby is strong enough to follow her out of the den.’
    • ‘The polar bear may surpass the Alaskan grizzly in size, with the maximum recorded weighing 726 kg.’

adjective

  • Grey or grey-haired.

    ‘a grizzly beard’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You're gonna be a father, what're you doin’ with a grizzly old beard like that?’
    • ‘He looked old and gruff, with a grizzly gray beard and a deeply tanned face.’
    • ‘The man stood up, and his graying, grizzly brown hair toppled into his brown eyes as he glared at Colin.’
    • ‘A grizzly old man in red flannel shirt stood behind the doorway, holding a deadly looking rifle.’
    • ‘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 had a grizzly gray beard, a dirty brown shirt, denim pants and dark black hair that was very untidy.’
    • ‘The man beside me, a burly, smelly man with a grizzly black beard and a mole on his nose, was looking at me strangely.’
    grey, greying, greyish, silver, silvery, snowy, snowy-white, white, whitish, hoary, hoar, salt-and-pepper
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Usage

On the confusion of grizzly and grisly, see grisly

Origin

Mid 16th century (as adjective): from grizzle. The noun dates from the early 19th century.

Pronunciation

grizzly

/ˈɡrɪzli/

Main definitions of grizzly in English

: grizzly1grizzly2

grizzly2

adjective

British
informal
  • (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.’

Pronunciation

grizzly

/ˈɡrɪzli/