Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive & intransitive verb To make or become gray.
  • noun The color of a grizzled animal.
  • noun A grizzled animal.
  • noun Archaic Gray hair.
  • adjective Gray.
  • adjective Grizzled.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Gray; a gray color; a mixture of white and black.
  • noun A species of wig.
  • noun 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.
  • noun In brickmaking, a badly burned second-quality brick of a grayish color.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A dark grey colour.
  • noun Grey hair.
  • noun A grey wig.
  • adjective Of a grey colour.
  • verb To make or become grey.
  • verb UK, slang To whinge or whine.

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

  • noun a grey wig
  • verb be in a huff; be silent or sullen
  • verb complain whiningly

Etymologies

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

[From Middle English grisel, gray, from Old French, diminutive of gris, gray; see grisaille.]

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Old French grisel, from gris

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From English West Country dialect.

Examples

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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)

  • 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

Comments

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  • 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

  • I frequently grizzle.

    I mean, being a bear and all.

    November 28, 2008

  • Feeling huffy, are you?

    December 1, 2008

  • *is silent*

    December 2, 2008

  • Hmph.

    December 2, 2008

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

    December 2, 2008

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

    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

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

    December 2, 2008

  • Hair, fur, whatever.

    *grizzles*

    December 3, 2008