Definition of Grim Reaper in US English:

Grim Reaper


  • A personification of death in the form of a cloaked skeleton wielding a large scythe.

    • ‘Save yourself from the Grim Reaper - move to Hawaii.’
    • ‘And for the past few years, the Internet was thought to be endangering newspapers' ability to thrive, just as many have viewed e-mail as the Grim Reaper for the Postal Service.’
    • ‘Playing cat and mouse with the Grim Reaper is a dangerous game.’
    • ‘We are usually so worried about the Grim Reaper knocking at the door that our time stands still and nostalgic thoughts of the past flood our brains.’
    • ‘For about $100 a month, you can make sure that your family will have $1 million if the Grim Reaper shows up a tad too soon.’
    • ‘Every day we lose more and more of our audience to the Grim Reaper.’
    • ‘Having never been that religious myself, I know it sounds a bit corny - but with the Grim Reaper knocking at the door, one does gain new insight into what is really important in life.’
    • ‘Their tragic deaths have also reminded us all of how the Grim Reaper never decides to take time off even for the summer vacation.’
    • ‘Only those who embrace every moment with a joie de vivre, careless of the approach of the Grim Reaper, make their last years more than a sojourn in Death's waiting room.’
    • ‘Of course you knew the threat of imminent death was an exaggeration; you didn't actually believe you were in the Grim Reaper's grip.’


Grim Reaper

/ɡrim ˈrēpər//ɡrɪm ˈripər/