Definitions for GRIMgrɪm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

grimgrɪm(adj.)grim•mer, grim•mest.

  1. stern and admitting of no compromise; harsh; unyielding:

    grim determination.

  2. of a sinister or ghastly character:

    a grim joke.

  3. having a harsh, surly, forbidding, or morbid air:

    a grim countenance.

  4. fierce, savage, or cruel:

    War is a grim business.

  5. Informal.unpleasant.

Origin of grim:

bef. 900; ME, OE; c. OS, OHG grimm, ON grimmr


Princeton's WordNet

  1. grim, inexorable, relentless, stern, unappeasable, unforgiving, unrelenting(adj)

    not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty

    "grim determination"; "grim necessity"; "Russia's final hour, it seemed, approached with inexorable certainty"; "relentless persecution"; "the stern demands of parenthood"

  2. ghastly, grim, grisly, gruesome, macabre, sick(adj)

    shockingly repellent; inspiring horror

    "ghastly wounds"; "the grim aftermath of the bombing"; "the grim task of burying the victims"; "a grisly murder"; "gruesome evidence of human sacrifice"; "macabre tales of war and plague in the Middle ages"; "macabre tortures conceived by madmen"

  3. black, grim, mordant(adj)

    harshly ironic or sinister

    "black humor"; "a grim joke"; "grim laughter"; "fun ranging from slapstick clowning ... to savage mordant wit"

  4. dour, forbidding, grim(adj)

    harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance

    "a dour, self-sacrificing life"; "a forbidding scowl"; "a grim man loving duty more than humanity"; "undoubtedly the grimmest part of him was his iron claw"- J.M.Barrie

  5. gloomy, grim, blue, depressed, dispirited, down(p), downcast, downhearted, down in the mouth, low, low-spirited(adj)

    filled with melancholy and despondency

    "gloomy at the thought of what he had to face"; "gloomy predictions"; "a gloomy silence"; "took a grim view of the economy"; "the darkening mood"; "lonely and blue in a strange city"; "depressed by the loss of his job"; "a dispirited and resigned expression on her face"; "downcast after his defeat"; "feeling discouraged and downhearted"

  6. blue, dark, dingy, disconsolate, dismal, gloomy, grim, sorry, drab, drear, dreary(adj)

    causing dejection

    "a blue day"; "the dark days of the war"; "a week of rainy depressing weather"; "a disconsolate winter landscape"; "the first dismal dispiriting days of November"; "a dark gloomy day"; "grim rainy weather"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. grim(adjective)ɪm

    depressing and without hope

    a grim picture of the future; the grim truth

  2. grimɪm

    (of a place) unattractive and boring

    a grim town

  3. grimɪm

    looking worried or depressed

    a grim expression


  1. grim(Adjective)

    dismal and gloomy, cold and forbidding

  2. grim(Adjective)

    rigid and unrelenting

  3. grim(Adjective)

    ghastly or sinister

  4. Grim(ProperNoun)

    , probably derived from Old English grimm or Old Norse grimr or grimmr.

  5. Origin: From grim.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Grim

    of forbidding or fear-inspiring aspect; fierce; stern; surly; cruel; frightful; horrible

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'GRIM' in Adjectives Frequency: #964

Translations for GRIM

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


horrible; very unpleasant

The soldiers had a grim task looking for bodies in the wrecked houses.

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