adjective[often in combination]
noun[mass noun] Back to top
A mixture of dark and white hairs.
- Today the bags under his eyes are big and dark enough to trap a badger and a grey grizzle of beard coats his jowls.
- It was the Major who broke the ice, a short and stocky man with a grizzle of dark stubble on his face.
- His pale skin and delicate features are complemented by a grizzle of stubble in keeping with his bohemian, New Agey image.
Middle English: from Old French grisel, from gris 'grey'.
Words that rhyme with grizzlechisel, drizzle, fizzle, frizzle, mizzle, sizzle, swizzle, twizzle
verb[no object] British informal
1(Of a child) cry fretfully: sometimes children grizzled, sometimes they wailed (as noun grizzling) no grizzling, now!
More example sentences
- It's raining hard; Moses is grizzling in the back.
- It was that half grizzling / half cooing that he does when he doesn't know whether he wants to cry or not.
- The young woman glanced at the boy by her side, who was obviously tired and grizzling softly.
Mid 18th century (in the sense 'show the teeth, grin'): of unknown origin.
- Example sentences
- He knows how to handle trouble-makers and grizzlers and convert them into happy, productive employees.
- But every party contains three groups: the hopeful, the smug and the grizzlers.
- Yet if complaint is made about such practical problems, women advocates may be denounced as grizzlers who would not, or could not, face up to the practical necessities of life in a gruelling profession.
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