adjective (grimmer; grimmest) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English grimm; akin to Old High German grimm fierce, Greek chremetizein to neigh Date: before 12th century 1. fierce in disposition or action ; savage 2. a. stern or forbidding in action or appearance <
a grim taskmaster
b. somber, gloomy 3. ghastly, repellent, or sinister in character <
a grim tale
4. unflinching, unyielding <
grim determination
grimly adverbgrimness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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