nounplural noun grizzlies
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.’
- ‘Two hundred years ago, as many as 100,000 grizzlies roamed the West.’
- ‘By the time the adult grizzly wakes up in the spring, her baby is strong enough to follow her out of the den.’
adjectiveadjective grizzlier, adjective grizzliest
Gray or gray-haired.‘a grizzly beard’
grey, greying, greyish, silver, silvery, snowy, snowy white, white, whitish, grizzly, hoary, hoar, salt-and-pepper
- ‘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.’
Mid 16th century (as adjective): from grizzle. The noun dates from the early 19th century.
adjectiveadjective grizzlier, adjective grizzliestinformal British
(of a child) inclined to cry fretfully.
- ‘a grizzly baby’