What does grim mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. grim, inexorable, relentless, stern, unappeasable, unforgiving, unrelentingadjective

    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, sickadjective

    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, mordantadjective

    harshly ironic or sinister

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

  4. dour, forbidding, grimadjective

    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-spiritedadjective

    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, drearyadjective

    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"


  1. grimadjective

    dismal and gloomy, cold and forbidding

  2. grimadjective

    rigid and unrelenting

  3. grimadjective

    ghastly or sinister

  4. Grimnoun

    An English surname

  5. Etymology: From grim.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. GRIMadjective

    Etymology: grimma, Saxon.

    The innocent prey in haste he does forsake,
    Which quit from death, yet quakes in every limb,
    With change of fear to see the lion look so grim. F. Queen.

    Thou hast a grim appearance, and thy face
    Bears a command in’t. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Their dear causes
    Would to the bleeding and the grim alarm
    Excite the mortified man. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    What if the breath that kindled those grim fires,
    Awak’d, should blow them into sevenfold rage? John Milton.

    Expert to turn the sway
    Of battle, open when and where to close
    The ridges of grim war. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. vi.

    He that dares to die,
    May laugh at the grim face of law and scorn,
    The cruel wrinkle of a tyrant brow. John Denham, Sophy.

    Their swarthy hosts would darken all our plains,
    Doubling the native horrour of the war,
    And making death more grim. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    Grim visag’d war hath smooth’d his wrinkl’d front. William Shakespeare.

    Venus was like her mother; for her father is but grim. William Shakespeare.


  1. GRIM

    GRIM (Groupe de recherche et d'improvisation musicales, roughly translated Group of Research and Musical Innovation), was a non-profit institute for improvised and experimental music. The GRIM was based at the Montévidéo, a cultural centre in Marseille, France.The GRIM is a voluntary association (association loi de 1901), founded in 1978 by guitarist-composer Jean-Marc Montera and funded by the city of Marseille with a focus on organising musical events. The organisation hosted concerts, workshops, lectures, artist in residence projects and studio recording sessions, in addition to having a multimedia public library with books and music relating to avant garde music, experimental music, improvised music, sound art and contemporary music. It previously helped organise the festivals Nuit d'Hiver and Sonic Protest. Allmusic bio about Montera As of March 2017, the GRIM has been absorbed into the gmem CNCM, another creative institute also located in Marseille.


  1. grim

    Grim refers to something that is unpleasant, depressing, severe, or menacing in character or appearance. It can also describe something associated with death or harshness. It often describes situations, expressions, and emotions that are stern, gloomy, or without hope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Grim

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Grim

    grim, adj. of forbidding aspect: ferocious: ghastly: sullen: stern, unyielding.—adv. Grim′ly.—n. Grim′ness. [A.S. grim; Ger. grimmiggrimm, fury, Dut. grimmig, Ice. grimmr.]

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  2. GRIM

    What does GRIM stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the GRIM acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. GRIM

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Grim is ranked #4771 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Grim surname appeared 7,418 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 would have the surname Grim.

    91.4% or 6,785 total occurrences were White.
    4% or 303 total occurrences were Black.
    1.7% or 129 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.5% or 115 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 51 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.4% or 35 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of grim in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of grim in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of grim in a Sentence

  1. President George H.W. Bush:

    I remember very quiet nights at the dinner table, george was weighing grim scenarios and ominous intelligence about potentially even more devastating attacks.

  2. Nancy Pelosi:

    Moscow Mitch says that he is the' Grim Reaper,' imagine describing yourself as the' Grim Reaper' -- that he's going to bury all this legislation.

  3. Eliot Engel:

    The President veto sends a grim message that America's foreign policy is no longer rooted in our core values -- namely a respect for human rights -- and that The President views Congress not as a coequal branch of government, but an irritant to be avoided or ignored, worse still, The President veto is going to cost innocent lives. These weapons are going to continue fueling a reckless and brutal campaign of violence and exacerbating the world's worst humanitarian catastrophe.

  4. Chris Morris:

    And what do the Theban hoplites see in this extended rending of the sky, this white-bright glory of Enlil's lightning? The future, but not theirs: paired cavalry fighters; formed ranks of armored death; grim men on their tall horses with lightning limning weapons tailored to the task; men spoiling for a fight if the gods allowed -- the Sacred Band of Stepsons, out from shadows and the dark.

  5. George Charamba:

    This is the way the website seeks to improve its hits in order to get dirty money from Google. There is a financial incentive to the grim lie, ... You cannot doubt that there will be a story on the President's alleged death every January.

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    the trait of lacking restraint or control; reckless freedom from inhibition or worry
    A hypernym
    B serendipity
    C impurity
    D abandon

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