- a lively, animated person
- Now Dial. a small eel
- Now Dial. a grasshopper or cricket
Origin of grigMiddle English grege, anything diminutive, dwarf, probably from Scand, as in Norwegian krek, Swedish dialect, dialectal krik, little animal
Origin of grigMiddle English dwarf
(third-person singular simple present grigs, present participle grigging, simple past and past participle grigged)
The word is often used in the phrase "merry as a grig". The word is of uncertain origin, though various theories have been suggested, such as a corruption of "merry as a cricket" or "merry as a Greek", as in Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida: "Then she's a merry Greek indeed." Johnson suggested that the word originally meant "anything below the natural size" (compare Swedish "krik" and Scottish "crick").