Definition of grim in English:

grim

Syllabification: grim
Pronunciation: /ɡrim
 
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adjective (grimmer, grimmest)

1Forbidding or uninviting: his grim expression long rows of grim, dark housing developments
More example sentences
  • But she could see everyone else paying close attention, their expressions slowly becoming more serious and grim.
  • She looked up to see his grim expression and immediately sobered.
  • This time, none of them were laughing; they looked grim and serious.
Synonyms
stern, forbidding, uninviting, unsmiling, dour, formidable, harsh, steely, flinty, stony; cross, churlish, surly, sour, ill-tempered; fierce, ferocious, threatening, menacing, implacable, ruthless, mercilessbleak, dreary, dismal, dingy, wretched, miserable, depressing, cheerless, comfortless, joyless, gloomy, uninviting
informal godawful
1.1(Of humor) lacking genuine levity; mirthless; black: some moments of grim humor
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  • Most of us use grim humour to cope with life's dark side.
  • Sitting in the shade of the fig trees in Westminster's bustling Portcullis House last week, Ian Cawsey recalled with grim humour the moment when he almost died.
  • But somehow, that sort of irreverent, grim humor doesn't seem appropriate.
Synonyms
black, dark, mirthless, bleak, cynical
1.2Depressing or worrying to consider: the grim news of the murder
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  • With these grim figures to consider, it is expected that Carlow would be one of the first test centres in the country to benefit from any forthcoming additional resources.
  • The alternative - settling for economic, cultural and demographic stagnation - is too grim to consider.
  • This could be grim news for millions of consumers whose life savings are invested in pensions, endowments and other savings contracts.
Synonyms
dreadful, dire, ghastly, horrible, horrendous, horrid, terrible, awful, appalling, frightful, shocking, unspeakable, grisly, gruesome, hideous, macabre; depressing, distressing, upsetting, worrying, unpleasant
1.3Unrelentingly harsh; merciless or severe: few creatures are able to thrive in this grim and hostile land
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  • Rural life is shown as harsh and grim where the ablest and younger peasants sought to escape to the factories in the cities.
  • The lives of agricultural and urban workers would have been just as grim.
  • Others are angry but matter-of-fact about a lifestyle that seems unbearably grim to the outsider.

Origin

Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch grim and German grimm.

Phrases

like grim death

With great determination: we had to hold on like grim death
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  • I couldn't hear a thing - I just held on for grim death.
  • Moments later they were hanging on for grim death.
  • If you dare look outside while you are clinging on for grim death, you see the bus is a few inches from the dawdling car in front, the airhorn urging the driver to move it, or move over.

Derivatives

grimly

adverb
More example sentences
  • England had to hang on grimly throughout the second-half as Ireland laid siege to their territory.
  • The film showed police officers grimly interviewing young offenders in a way that was both shocking and revealing.
  • The looked at us grimly and shook their heads when i waved our tickets at them.

grimness

noun
More example sentences
  • Russians can have a seriousness that borders on grimness.
  • Some of the elite recognised that high art could compensate for the deficits of capitalist society; beautiful paintings could make the grimness of everyday life a little easier to bear.
  • My hostel, on first encounter, had an institutional grimness defying the more immediate forms of description.

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