noun (plural grizzlies)(also grizzly bear)
An animal of a large race of the brown bear native to North America.
- Ursus arctos horribilis, family Ursidae
- The area is home to around 40 grizzlies and an unknown number of smaller black bears.
- There were wolves about in those days, as well as grizzlies in Montana and Alberta.
- The polar bear may surpass the Alaskan grizzly in size, with the maximum recorded weighing 726 kg.
adjective (grizzlier, grizzliest)Back to top
Gray or gray-haired.
- He looked old and gruff, with a grizzly gray beard and a deeply tanned face.
- He had a grizzly gray beard, a dirty brown shirt, denim pants and dark black hair that was very untidy.
- The man stood up, and his graying, grizzly brown hair toppled into his brown eyes as he glared at Colin.
early 19th century: grizzly from grizzle2.
Entry from British & World English dictionary