- 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 of grimMiddle 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
- a. Discouraging or depressing: The business news has been grim lately.b. Dismal; gloomy: a grim, rainy day.
- a. Stern or forbidding: The judge was grim when handing out the sentence.b. Repellent or horrifying: the grim task of searching for bodies in the rubble. See Synonyms at ghastly.
- Unrelenting or uncompromising: grim determination.
Origin of grimMiddle English from Old English fierce, severe
(comparative grimmer, superlative grimmest)
- dismal and gloomy, cold and forbidding
- Life was grim in many northern industrial towns.
- rigid and unrelenting
- His grim determination enabled him to win.
- ghastly or sinister
- A grim castle overshadowed the village.
- (UK, slang) disgusting; gross
- Wanna see the dead rat I found in my fridge? —Mate, that is grim!
From Old English grim.
- An English surname, probably derived from Old English grimm or Old Norse grimr or grimmr.