grizzled

[griz-uhld]

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English. See grizzle1, -ed3

ungrizzled, adjective

grisly, gristly, grizzled, grizzly.
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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

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

grizzled (ˈɡrɪzəld)
 
adj
1.  streaked or mixed with grey; grizzly; griseous
2.  having grey or partly grey hair

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grizzled
"gray," 1319, from O.Fr. grisel, dim. of gris "gray," from a Frank. source (cf. O.H.G. gris "gray"). The -zz- spelling is c.1425. Grizzly is 1594; grizzly bear (ursus horribilis) is first recorded 1807, but belongs rather to grisly.
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Grizzled definition


party-coloured, as goats (Gen. 31:10, 12), horses (Zech. 6:3, 6).

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Example sentences
The seasoned soldiers were as surprised as the grizzled reporter.
Naturally, even these grizzled veterans allow that some things have changed for
  the better.
Grizzled gray or orangish gray above, with buff underparts.
But even this grizzled veteran thinks the tipping point for personalised
  medical devices has arrived, for three reasons.
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