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grizzle2

[griz-uh l] /ˈgrɪz əl/
verb (used without object), grizzled, grizzling. British
1.
to complain; whimper; whine.
2.
to laugh or grin in mockery; sneer.
Origin
1740-1750
1740-50; origin uncertain; compare Middle High German grisgramen to gnash one's teeth, German Griesgram sourpuss
Related forms
grizzler, noun
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Examples for grizzler
  • Originally there were four bears named fang, grizzler, howler, and gums.
British Dictionary definitions for grizzler

grizzle1

/ˈɡrɪzəl/
verb
1.
to make or become grey
noun
2.
a grey colour
3.
grey or partly grey hair
4.
a grey wig
Word Origin
C15: from Old French grisel, from gris, of Germanic origin; compare Middle High German grīs grey

grizzle2

/ˈɡrɪzəl/
verb (intransitive) (informal, mainly Brit)
1.
(esp of a child) to fret; whine
2.
to sulk or grumble
Derived Forms
grizzler, noun
Word Origin
C18: of Germanic origin; compare Old High German grist-grimmōn gnashing of teeth, German Griesgram unpleasant person
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Word Origin and History for grizzler

grizzle

adj.

"gray-colored," early 15c., from Old French grisel (see grizzled) which also meant "gray-haired old man" (a noun sense recorded in Middle English from mid-14c.). The verb, "to make gray," is attested from 1740.

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