early 13c., "hardship, suffering, pain, bodily affliction," from Old French grief "wrong, grievance, injustice, misfortune, calamity" (13c.), from grever "afflict, burden, oppress," from Latin gravare "to cause grief, make heavy," from gravis "weighty" (see grave (adj.)). Meaning "mental pain, sorrow" is from c.1300.
Deep mental anguish, as that arising from bereavement.
Complaints; faultfinding; reprimand: I don't want no grief from the fourteenth floor (1929+)