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]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • grig — /grig/, n. North Brit. Dial. 1. a cricket or grasshopper. 2. a small or young eel. 3. a lively person. [1350 1400; ME grig, grege; orig. uncert.] * * * …   Universalium

  • grig — grig·gles; grig; …   English syllables

  • grig — [grig] n. [ME grege, anything diminutive, dwarf, prob. < Scand, as in Norw krek, Swed dial. krik, little animal] 1. a lively, animated person 2. Now Dial. a small eel 3. Now Dial. a grasshopper or cricket …   English World dictionary

  • Grig — Nom assez rare porté dans les Pyrénées Atlantiques. Variante : Grigt. Il désigne en gascon le grillon, soit comme sobriquet, soit plutôt comme toponyme (lieu où chante le grillon) …   Noms de famille

  • grig — /grɪg/ (say grig) Colloquial –noun 1. someone or something which is below the usual stature or size. 2. a cricket or grasshopper. 3. a lively person. –phrase 4. grig, grig!, (an exhortation to proceed with speed.): *Take care of the plans. Grig,… …   Australian English dictionary

  • 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

  • grig — [[t]grɪg[/t]] n. brit. a very lively, cheerful, rather diminutive person • Etymology: 1350–1400; ME grig, gregedwarf; orig. uncert …   From formal English to slang

  • grig — n. 1 a small eel. 2 a grasshopper or cricket. Phrases and idioms: merry (or lively) as a grig full of fun; extravagantly lively. Etymology: ME, orig. = dwarf: orig. unkn …   Useful english dictionary

  • grig — noun Etymology: Middle English grege Date: 1566 a lively lighthearted usually small or young person …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • grig — 1. noun /ɡɹɪɡ/ a) little creature, reptile; b) A cricket or grasshopper. 2. verb /ɡɹɪɡ/ To irritate or annoy …   Wiktionary

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