Grig meaning

grĭg
A lively, bright person.
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A lively, animated person.
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(now dial.) A small eel.
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(now dial.) A grasshopper or cricket.
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Little creature;
  • A cricket or grasshopper.
  • An insect in the family Prophalangopsidae, related to katydids.
  • Any small eel.
  • The broad-nosed eel. See Glut.
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Origin of grig

  • Middle English dwarf

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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").

    From Wiktionary