grizzle

grizzle

1 [griz-uhl]
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), grizzled, grizzling.
1.
to make or become gray or partly gray.
adjective
2.
gray; grayish; devoid of hue.
noun
3.
gray or partly gray hair.
4.
a gray wig.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English grisel < Old French, derivative of gris gray < Germanic; see griseous

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grizzle

2 [griz-uhl]
verb (used without object), grizzled, grizzling. British.
1.
to complain; whimper; whine.
2.
to laugh or grin in mockery; sneer.

Origin:
1740–50; origin uncertain; compare Middle High German grisgramen to gnash one's teeth, German Griesgram sourpuss

grizzler, noun
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grizzle1 (ˈɡrɪzəl)
 
vb
1.  to make or become grey
 
n
2.  a grey colour
3.  grey or partly grey hair
4.  a grey wig
 
[C15: from Old French grisel, from gris, of Germanic origin; compare Middle High German grīs grey]

grizzle2 (ˈɡrɪzəl)
 
vb
1.  (esp of a child) to fret; whine
2.  to sulk or grumble
 
[C18: of Germanic origin; compare Old High German grist-grimmōn gnashing of teeth, German Griesgram unpleasant person]
 
'grizzler2
 
n

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