As merry as a grig
Grig Grig (gr[i^]g), n. [Cf. Sw. kr["a]k little creature, reptile; or D. kriek cricket, E. cricket.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A cricket or grasshopper. [Prov. Eng.] (b) Any small eel. (c) The broad-nosed eel. See {Glut}. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]

2. Heath. [Prov. Eng.] --Audrey. [1913 Webster]

{As merry as a grig} [etymology uncertain], a saying supposed by some to be a corruption of ``As merry as a Greek; '' by others, to be an allusion to the cricket. [1913 Webster]


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  • Grig — (gr[i^]g), n. [Cf. Sw. kr[ a]k little creature, reptile; or D. kriek cricket, E. cricket.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) A cricket or grasshopper. [Prov. Eng.] (b) Any small eel. (c) The broad nosed eel. See {Glut}. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] 2. Heath.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • grig — noun dialect 1》 a small eel. 2》 a grasshopper or cricket. Phrases (as) merry (or lively) as a grig lively and full of fun. Origin ME (in the sense dwarf ): of unknown origin …   English new terms dictionary

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