- The definition of grim is something that is so unpleasant it pushes you away.
An example of grim is the scene of a violent crime.
- Grim is defined as stern or unmoving.
An example of grim is a principal’s face when speaking to badly behaved students.
- fierce; cruel; savage
- hard and unyielding; relentless; stern; resolute: grim courage
- appearing stern, forbidding, harsh, etc.: a grim face
- repellent; uninviting: a grim task
- dealing with unpleasant subjects; frightful; ghastly: grim humor
Origin: Middle English from Old English grimm, akin to German from Indo-European base an unverified form ghrem-, to make a loud sound, roar angrily from source grumble, Russian grom, thunder
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adjective grim·mer, grim·mest
- Unrelenting; rigid.
- Uninviting or unnerving in aspect; forbidding: “undoubtedly the grimmest part of him was his iron claw” (J.M. Barrie).
- Ghastly; sinister: “He made a grim jest at the horrifying nature of his wound” (Reginald Pound). See Synonyms at ghastly.
- Dismal; gloomy: a grim, rainy day.
- Ferocious; savage: the grim advance of the pillaging army.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English, fierce, severe.
- grimˈly adverb
- grimˈness noun