Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make or become gray.
  • n. The color of a grizzled animal.
  • n. A grizzled animal.
  • n. Archaic Gray hair.
  • adj. Gray.
  • adj. Grizzled.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dark grey colour.
  • n. Grey hair.
  • n. A grey wig.
  • adj. Of a grey colour.
  • v. To make or become grey.
  • v. To whinge or whine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Gray; a gray color; a mixture of white and black.
  • v. To make or become grizzly, or grayish.
  • v. To worry; to fret; to bother; grumble.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Gray; a gray color; a mixture of white and black.
  • n. A species of wig.
  • n. An old or gray-haired person.
  • Grizzly; gray.
  • To grow gray or grizzly; become gray-haired.
  • To laugh or grin; show the teeth like a dog; snarl.
  • To grumble; complain; whine; fret.
  • n. In brickmaking, a badly burned second-quality brick of a grayish color.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a grey wig
  • v. be in a huff; be silent or sullen
  • v. complain whiningly

Etymologies

From Middle English grisel, gray, from Old French, diminutive of gris, gray; see grisaille.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French grisel, from gris (Wiktionary)
From English West Country dialect. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Far too many occasions of the word “little”; I think “grizzle” should have been “gristle” and there; and the narrative occasionally veered into encyclopedia-speak.

    A DAY AT THE FUR AUCTION • by Stephen Taylor

  • Although dutifully gutted and stripped of their fur-bearing skin in the field by the trappers, the remaining bits of rotting flesh and grizzle began to give off a stink as the pelts thawed in boxes on the warehouse floor.

    A DAY AT THE FUR AUCTION • by Stephen Taylor

  • Here are some of the things I hate: Water bugs, poison ivy, bullies, fishy-tasting salmon, scaffolding, grizzle, Adam Sandler movies and math.

    Making Math Fun (Seriously)

  • Back beyond even its immediate pre-modern period – what you might call The Andy Gray Years, the dolly bird years – football has always been a sweat-caked man-hole of a place, a realm where men have gone to mope and grizzle and rage and emote a kind of cheek-stinging eau de sexism.

    Andy Gray and Richard Keys convicted on sound evidence | Barney Ronay

  • I will further predict that young women, repulsed by the grizzle, will embrace tradition, and demand a clean shave before dancing cheek to cheek with their inamoratos.

    Michael Jones: Cowboys and Aliens

  • While Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony BMG whine and grizzle about how they ` re being ‘devastated’ by their corrupt file sharing customers, individual performers and bands are looking to the Net as the medium of delivery in the 21st digital century with Coldplay the latest group to acknowledge cyberspace is where it ` s at.

    Free Coldplay CD

  • He looks far younger and, even with grizzle around the mouth, is incomparably better looking than the paunchy Officer Peterson of the puffy eyelids.

    A Story of Two Wives

  • It's the perfect combination of pig fat, grizzle, cholesterol, and jalapeno peppers.

    Mike Gellman: The Shart Heard Round the World

  • And Bartlette, not to be left out, crawled up on her and began to grizzle for a nurse, pulling at the new black bra, puzzled that it had no milk flap.

    Steven Crandell: A is for Amy & Adonis: Double Post -- Chapters I and J

  • He's a hard citizen, an old colour sergeant of the war, all scars and grizzle.

    Chennai

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  • "Nobody came in answer to the bell, but she could hear a small child grizzling through the ground-floor window on her left, which was ajar."
    The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling, p 66

    January 10, 2013

  • "I'll take the boys.
    They're not tall enough, Oriel Lamb says.
    Ah, the girls grizzle too much. Drives me mad.
    Put on yer shoes or yull be stung. Don't want any cobbler stings. Can't stand your grizzlin."
    Cloudstreet by Tim Winton, p 26 of the Graywolf Press hardcover edition

    March 27, 2010

  • Hmmm. Mackay's excellent "Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" has a chapter devoted to the influence of politics and religion on men's hair and beard styles.

    December 4, 2008

  • Ptero, those sorts of delightful adventures are the reason I finally created my list "Looking Up Words is Time-Consuming, Dangerous, and Leads to Too Many Lists."

    December 4, 2008

  • Reading this page led me to look up queue, which lead me to the Wikipedia page, which was fascinating. Thank you!

    December 4, 2008

  • *grizzling*

    December 3, 2008

  • Damn! Mozart farted at the bishop again.

    December 3, 2008

  • No; I am calling you a cranky complaining person.

    December 3, 2008

  • Are you complaining whiningly?

    December 3, 2008

  • Grump.

    December 3, 2008

  • Hair, fur, whatever.

    *grizzles*

    December 3, 2008

  • Your hair? And here I thought it was fur. *confused*

    December 2, 2008

  • White wigs are only for gentry men. Grey are for professionals, such as clergy and lawyers. Brown are for tradespeople, like me, unless they wear their own hair in a queue, as I do. Well... it's more like a tail.

    December 2, 2008

  • Oh, right. That 18th-century job thing. Probably a powdered wig.

    December 2, 2008

  • No, she's just wearing a grey wig.

    December 2, 2008

  • Hmph.

    December 2, 2008

  • *is silent*

    December 2, 2008

  • Feeling huffy, are you?

    December 1, 2008

  • I frequently grizzle.

    I mean, being a bear and all.

    November 28, 2008

  • His head has grizzled since we saw him last, and a line or two of silver may be seen in the soft brown hair likewise. But his feelings are not in the least changed or oldened, and his love remains as fresh as a man's recollections of boyhood are.

    - Thackeray, Vanity Fair, ch. 43

    November 27, 2008