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grizzling

[griz-ling] /ˈgrɪz lɪŋ/
noun, British
1.
the act of complaining or whimpering.
Origin of grizzling

grizzle1

[griz-uh l] /ˈgrɪz əl/
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

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
1740-50; origin uncertain; compare Middle High German grisgramen to gnash one's teeth, German Griesgram sourpuss
Related forms
grizzler, noun
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Examples from the Web for grizzling
Historical Examples
  • I'm that romantic I shall be really interested, instead of grizzling all the time till we get back.

    A Traitor's Wooing Headon Hill
  • Pity to disturb him for the sake of them grizzling conductors.

    The Big Bow Mystery I. Zangwill
  • The light streaming through the shutters Hannah had just opened streamed in on his grizzling head and face working with emotion.

    The History of David Grieve Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • But there was no time for grizzling then, for the game had to go on.

  • Then you may turn out on to the roads where you were took from—a grizzling little roadsters varmint.

    Six Plays Florence Henrietta Darwin
  • Who would think of looking back and grizzling over a little disappointment twelve years old!

    A Question of Marriage Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • He did as soon as Alice said that about whining and grizzling being below the dignity of a Manciple.

    The Wouldbegoods E. Nesbit
  • The nearly black or the darkest birds are quite likely to show some white or grizzling on the head.

    Ducks and Geese Harry M. Lamon
  • A friend of mine, who is a most cultivated sparrow, tells me you were grizzling for money this afternoon.

    The Quiver, 1/1900 Anonymous
  • Brahms, for all his grumbling and grizzling, had never guessed what it felt like to be suspected of stealing an umbrella.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
British Dictionary definitions for grizzling

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 grizzling

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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