What does grisly mean?

Definitions for grisly
ˈgrɪz ligris·ly

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word grisly.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"


  1. grislyadjective

    horrifyingly repellent; terrifying, gruesome

    The photos of the killings depict a grisly scene.

  2. Etymology: Late Old English grisliċ. Compare German grausen and Danish gruselig.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Grislyadjective

    Dreadful; horrible; hideous; frightful; terrible.

    Etymology: grislu, Saxon.

    His grisly locks, long growen and unbound,
    Disordered hung about his shoulders round. Fairy Queen.

    Where I was wont to seek the honey bee,
    The grisly toadstool grown there might I see. Edmund Spenser.

    My grisly countenance made others fly;
    None durst come near, for fear of sudden death. William Shakespeare, H. VI.

    Back step’d those two fair angels, half amaz’d
    So sudden to behold the grisly king;
    Yet thus, unmov’d with fear, accost him soon. John Milton, P. L.

    For that damn’d magician, let him be girt
    With all the grisly legions that troop
    Under the sooty flag of Acheron. John Milton.

    The beauteous form of fight
    Is chang’d, and war appears a grisly sight. John Dryden, Fables.

    In vision thou shalt see his grisly face,
    The king of terrors, raging in thy race. John Dryden, Innocence.

    Thus the grisly spectre spoke again. John Dryden, Fables.

    Close by each other laid, they press’d the ground,
    Their manly bosoms pierc’d with many a griesly wound. John Dryden, Fables.

    So rushes on his foe the grisly bear. Addison.


  1. grisly

    Grisly refers to something that causes horror, fear, or disgust, typically related to death or violence; gruesome or macabre.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Grislyadjective

    frightful; horrible; dreadful; harsh; as, grisly locks; a grisly specter

  2. Etymology: [OE, grisly, grislich, AS. grislic, gryslic, fr. grsan to shudder; cf. OD. grijselick horrible, OHG. grisenl?ch, and also AS. gre?san to frighten, and E. gruesome.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Grisly

    griz′li, adj. frightful: hideous.—n. Gris′liness. [A.S. gryslíc, ágrísan, to dread; Ger. grässlich.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of grisly in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of grisly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of grisly in a Sentence

  1. Andrew Chesnut:

    Joselyn came to a grisly end because she made herself famous over social media, gloating over her achievements, these girls know that they have to keep a low profile for their work, but for many the temptation to post on Instagram and Twitter is too great and they end up making themselves targets.

  2. Washington Post:

    We've seen President Trump really rehabilitate the image of Mohammed bin Salman... over the past year, and not really punish President Trump at all, president Trump basically ordered this grisly murder of a Washington Post columnist.

  3. Winston Churchill:

    We will have no truce or parlay with you Hitler, or the grisly gang who work your wicked will. You do your worst -- and we will do our best.

  4. Donald Trump:

    This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace.

  5. Chicago Tribune:

    When the police arrived, Anthony Prate was taken into custody and is currently being held in CookCounty Jail without bond. Daniels grisly death has put the spotlight back on the bizarre events leading up to the death of Anthony Prate first wife, Bridget Prate, who died in 2011. CHICAGO TODDLER UNHURT AS FATHER AND ANOTHER MAN DIE IN GUNFIRE EXCHANGE In that incident, Anthony Prate claimed Anthony Prate overheard Anthony Prate wife talking to another man and said they were plotting to kill Anthony Prate. Anthony Prate dialed 911 and demanded that both Anthony Prate wife of nearly 20 years and the man she was talking to be arrested. When authorities arrived, Bridget Prate told them it had all been a big misunderstanding and the officers left. Anthony Prate was charged with first-degree murder in the Nov. 23 death of Anthony Prate girlfriend Malgorzata Daniel, a 48-year-old nurse who authorities said was stabbed 30 times in her home. ( Cook County Jail) Less than a week later, she was dead. Police found Bridgets crumpled body under the dashboard of a car that crashed while Prate was driving. Anthony Prate told the police that Anthony Prate wife had unbuckled Bridget Prate seat belt to look for Bridget Prate purse and a water bottle just seconds before Anthony Prate lost control of the vehicle, crossed over the center line, and hit an oncoming car and a tree before coming to a stop. When paramedics arrived, three bystanders had surrounded the car while Anthony Prate attempted to give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to Anthony Prate wife. Bridget Prate didnt have a pulse and Bridget Prate wasnt breathing. One of the bystanders said Anthony Prate, who had suffered only minor injuries, looked frantic and shocked.

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