(comparative grimlier, superlative grimliest)
- (rare) Grim-looking, grim-natured.
Old English grimmliċ, corresponding to grim + -ly.
(comparative more grimly, superlative most grimly)
- In a grim manner.
grim + -ly
Variant of grim
- 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