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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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Examples from the web for grizzly
  • Behind them, in the display window, a stuffed grizzly bear reared up on its hind legs.
  • On our national radio program, they had some discussion on the hybrid polar x grizzly bears that were occurring in isolated areas.
  • The animal confirmed last week to be half polar bear, half grizzly bear is certainly weird.
  • These two adorable grizzly juveniles were playing and having a great day.
  • The missing include the grizzly bear, lynx, and mountain sheep.
  • The squirrel, to my surprise, swelled into a grizzly.
  • Estimation of effective population size of grizzly bears by computer simulation.
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
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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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