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Definition of "grim" []

  • Unrelenting; rigid. (adjective)
  • Uninviting or unnerving in aspect; forbidding: "undoubtedly the grimmest part of him was his iron claw” ( J.M. Barrie). (adjective)
  • Ghastly; sinister: "He made a grim jest at the horrifying nature of his wound” ( Reginald Pound). See Synonyms at ghastly. (adjective)
  • Dismal; gloomy: a grim, rainy day. (adjective)
  • Ferocious; savage: the grim advance of the pillaging army. (adjective)
  • Stern; resolute (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Harsh or formidable in manner or appearance (adjective)
  • Harshly ironic or sinister (adjective)
  • Cruel, severe, or ghastly (adjective)
  • Fierce (adjective)
  • Unpleasant; disagreeable (adjective)

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Use "grim" in a sentence
  • "Her dark curls were disheveled, her expression grim and making her look every one of her fifty-plus years."
  • "Detective Hauer was there, his expression grim as he watched the proceedings."
  • "Slater was too preoccupied to take notice of any of them, his expression grim and haunted as he rode the brake and swung the low-slung sportscar into its stall."