from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Unrelenting; rigid.
- adj. Uninviting or unnerving in aspect; forbidding: "undoubtedly the grimmest part of him was his iron claw” ( J.M. Barrie).
- adj. Ghastly; sinister: "He made a grim jest at the horrifying nature of his wound” ( Reginald Pound). See Synonyms at ghastly.
- adj. Dismal; gloomy: a grim, rainy day.
- adj. Ferocious; savage: the grim advance of the pillaging army.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. dismal and gloomy, cold and forbidding
- adj. rigid and unrelenting
- adj. ghastly or sinister
- adj. disgusting; gross
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of forbidding or fear-inspiring aspect; fierce; stern; surly; cruel; frightful; horrible.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of a fierce, stern, or forbidding aspect; severe or repellent in appearance or demeanor; fierce; sullen; surly.
- Stern in character or quality; unyielding; dreadful; formidable: as, grim determination.
- Marked by harshness or severity; distressful; dolorous; cheerless: as, grim suffering; a grim jest.
- Synonyms Grisly, Hideous, etc. (see ghastly); severe, harsh, hard.
- n. Anger; wrath.
- To make grim; give a stern or forbidding aspect to.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. causing dejection
- adj. not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty
- adj. filled with melancholy and despondency
- adj. harshly ironic or sinister
- adj. shockingly repellent; inspiring horror
- adj. harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance
Middle English, from Old English, fierce, severe.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English grim. (Wiktionary)