There are 2 definitions of grizzly in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈgrɪzli
 
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noun

(also grizzly bear) (plural grizzlies)
  • An animal of a large race of the brown bear native to North America.
    • Ursus arctos horribilis, family Ursidae
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    • 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)

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  • Grey or grey-haired: a grizzly beard
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    • On the bus from the airport into Reykjavik, there was a crazy man beside me with a grizzly beard and crumpled pieces of paper poking out of the many pockets in his camouflage jacket.
    • The man beside me, a burly, smelly man with a grizzly black beard and a mole on his nose, was looking at me strangely.
    • Up in the Visitors' Gallery, Cherie Blair - seemingly unaffected by having planted a kiss on Charles Clarke's grizzly chin in the Lobby on the way in - looked on approvingly.

Origin

mid 16th century (as adjective): from grizzle1. The noun dates from the early 19th century.

Usage

On the confusion of grizzly and grisly, see grisly (usage).

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There are 2 definitions of grizzly in English:

grizzly2

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Pronunciation: /ˈgrɪzli
 
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adjective (grizzlier, grizzliest)

  • (Of a child) inclined to cry fretfully: a grizzly baby
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    • I also had a grizzly child on hand and I knew there would be trouble if he didn't sleep.
    • ‘Teething powders’ found in pharmacies are homeopathic Chamomilla 3X granules, which can be very soothing for grizzly babies.

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