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[griz-lee] /ˈgrɪz li/
adjective, grizzlier, grizzliest.
somewhat gray; grayish.
having hair that is gray; gray-haired.
noun, plural grizzlies.
a device for screening ore, consisting of a row of iron or steel bars.
Origin of grizzly
1585-95; grizzle1 + -y1
Can be confused
grisly, gristly, grizzled, grizzly. Unabridged
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  • The head is much smaller than that of the grizzly or black bear, and is ferret-like, with a decided downward curve to the nose.

    True Bear Stories Joaquin Miller
  • But of all these numerous occasions the most ignominious was shortly after the affair with the grizzly.

    Johnny Bear E. T. Seton
  • Now the grizzly bears were somewhat different then from what they are at present.

  • He struggled frantically, but felt like a puppy-dog in the paws of a grizzly.

  • In the course of miles of daily wandering the grizzly may occasionally come upon a wounded animal or a carcass.

    The Grizzly Enos A. Mills
British Dictionary definitions for grizzly


adjective -zlier, -zliest
somewhat grey; grizzled
noun (pl) -zlies
Usage note
Grizzly is sometimes wrongly used where grisly is meant: a grisly (not grizzly) murder
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for grizzly

1590s, from grizzle "gray" (see grizzled) + -y (2). Grizzly bear (ursus horribilis) is first recorded 1807 but belongs rather to grisly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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