Pronunciation Adjective

grim (comparative grimmer, superlative grimmest)

  1. dismal and gloomy, cold and forbidding
    Life was grim in many northern industrial towns.
  2. rigid and unrelenting
    His grim determination enabled him to win.
  3. ghastly or sinister
    A grim castle overshadowed the village.
    • 2012 March 22, Scott Tobias, “[,71293/ The Hunger Games]”, in AV Club:
      In movie terms, it suggests Paul Verhoeven in Robocop/Starship Troopers mode, an R-rated bloodbath where the grim spectacle of children murdering each other on television is bread-and-circuses for the age of reality TV, enforced by a totalitarian regime to keep the masses at bay.
  4. disgusting; gross
    - Wanna see the dead rat I found in my fridge?
    - Mate, that is grim!
    • 1851 November 13, Herman Melville, chapter 1, in Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, 1st American edition, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers; London: Richard Bentley, OCLC 57395299 ↗:
      Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet;
Translations Translations Translations Verb

grim (grims, present participle grimming; past and past participle grimmed)

  1. (transitive, rare) To make grim; to give a stern or forbidding aspect to.

grim (uncountable)

  1. (archaic) Anger, wrath.

Pronunciation Proper noun
  1. Surname

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