adjective, grimmer, grimmest.
stern and admitting of no appeasement or compromise:
grim determination; grim necessity.
of a sinister or ghastly character; repellent:
a grim joke.
having a harsh, surly, forbidding, or morbid air:
a grim man but a just one; a grim countenance.
fierce, savage, or cruel:
War is a grim business.
adjective grimmer, grimmest
stern; resolute: grim determination
harsh or formidable in manner or appearance
harshly ironic or sinister: grim laughter
cruel, severe, or ghastly: a grim accident
(archaic or poetic) fierce: a grim warrior
(informal) unpleasant; disagreeable
hold on like grim death, to hold very firmly or resolutely
Old English grimnesse; see grim + -ness.
Old English grimm “fierce, cruel, savage, dire, painful,” from Proto-Germanic *grimmaz (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Old High German, German grimm, Old Norse grimmr, Swedish grym “fierce, furious”), from PIE *ghrem- “angry,” perhaps imitative of the sound of rumbling thunder (cf. Greek khremizein “to neigh,” Old Church Slavonic vuzgrimeti “to thunder,” Russian gremet’ “thunder”).
A weaker word now than once it was; sense of “dreary, gloomy” first recorded late 12c. It also had a verb form in Old English, grimman (class III strong verb; past tense gramm, p.p. grummen). Old English also had a noun, grima “goblin, specter,” perhaps also a proper name or attribute-name of a god, hence its appearance as an element in place names.
Grim reaper as a figurative way to say “death” is attested by 1847 (the association of grim and death goes back at least to 17c.). A Middle English expression for “have recourse to harsh measures” was to wend the grim tooth (early 13c.).
“spectre, bogey, haunting spirit,” 1620s, from grim (adj.).
[greem-wahr] /grimˈwɑr/ noun 1. a manual of magic or witchcraft used by witches and sorcerers. /ɡriːmˈwɑː/ noun 1. a textbook of sorcery and magic n. magician’s manual for invoking demons, 1849, from French grimoire, altered from grammaire “grammar” (see grammar). Cf. glamor.
noun 1. the personification of death as a man or cloaked skeleton holding a scythe. A figure commonly used to represent death. The Grim Reaper is a skeleton or solemn-looking man carrying a scythe, who cuts off people’s lives as though he were harvesting grain.
[grimz-bee] /ˈgrɪmz bi/ noun 1. a seaport in Humberside county, in E England at the mouth of the Humber estuary. 2. a town in SE Ontario, in S Canada, on the SW shore of Lake Ontario. /ˈɡrɪmzbɪ/ noun 1. a port in E England, in North East Lincolnshire unitary authority, Lincolnshire, formerly important for fishing. […]
[grim-zuh l] /ˈgrɪm zəl/ noun 1. an Alpine pass in S Switzerland. 7159 feet (2184 meters) high.