Definition of grizzly in English:



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

    • ‘The polar bear may surpass the Alaskan grizzly in size, with the maximum recorded weighing 726 kg.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By the time the adult grizzly wakes up in the spring, her baby is strong enough to follow her out of the den.’
    • ‘Two hundred years ago, as many as 100,000 grizzlies roamed the West.’


  • Gray or gray-haired.

    • ‘The man stood up, and his graying, grizzly brown hair toppled into his brown eyes as he glared at Colin.’
    • ‘He had a grizzly gray beard, a dirty brown shirt, denim pants and dark black hair that was very untidy.’
    • ‘He looked old and gruff, with a grizzly gray beard and a deeply tanned face.’
    grey, greying, greyish, silver, silvery, snowy, snowy-white, white, whitish, grizzly, hoary, hoar, salt-and-pepper
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Mid 16th century (as adjective): from grizzle. The noun dates from the early 19th century.