Main definitions of grizzly in English

: grizzly1grizzly2

grizzly1

Translate grizzly into Spanish

nounplural noun 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.’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

grizzly

/ˈɡrizlē/ /ˈɡrɪzli/

adjectiveadjective grizzlier, adjective grizzliest

  • Gray or gray-haired.

    ‘a grizzly beard’
    • ‘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.’
    grey, greying, greyish, silver, silvery, snowy, snowy white, white, whitish, grizzly, hoary, hoar, salt-and-pepper

Pronunciation

grizzly

/ˈɡrizlē/ /ˈɡrɪzli/

Origin

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

Main definitions of grizzly in English

: grizzly1grizzly2

grizzly2

Translate grizzly into Spanish

adjectiveadjective grizzlier, adjective grizzliest

informal British
  • (of a child) inclined to cry fretfully.

    • ‘a grizzly baby’

Pronunciation

grizzly

/ˈɡrizlē/ /ˈɡrɪzli/