Definitions of grim

  1. causing dejection; " a blue day"; " the dark days of the war"; " a week of rainy depressing weather"; " a disconsolate winter landscape"; " the first dismal dispiriting days of November"; " a dark gloomy day"; " grim rainy weather"
  2. harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance; " a dour, self- sacrificing life"; " a forbidding scowl"; " a grim man loving duty more than humanity"; " undoubtedly the grimmest part of him was his iron claw"- J. M. Barrie
  3. shockingly repellent; inspiring horror; " ghastly wounds"; " the grim aftermath of the bombing"; " the grim task of burying the victims"; " a grisly murder"; " gruesome evidence of human sacrifice"; " macabre tales of war and plague in the Middle ages"; " macabre tortures conceived by madmen"
  4. harshly ironic or sinister; " black humor"; " a grim joke"; " grim laughter"; " fun ranging from slapstick clowning ... to savage mordant wit"
  5. not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty; " grim determination"; " grim necessity"; " Russia's final hour, it seemed, approached with inexorable certainty"; " relentless persecution"; " the stern demands of parenthood"
  6. characterized by hopelessness; filled with gloom; " gloomy at the thought of what he had to face"; " gloomy predictions"; " a gloomy silence"; " took a grim view of the economy"; " the darkening mood"
  7. Of forbidding or fear- inspiring aspect; fierce; stern; surly; cruel; frightful; horrible.
  8. Of a forbidding aspect; stern and surly; hideous; frightful; cruel; unyielding.
  9. Grimly.
  10. Grimness.
  11. Grimmer.
  12. Grimmest.
  13. Of forbidding aspect: ferocious: ghastly: sullen.
  14. To make grim: to give a forbidding or fear- inspiring aspect to. " To withdraw into lurid half light, grimmed by the shadow of that red flag of theirs."- Carlyle.
  15. Fierce; sullen; hideous.
  16. Stern and for bidding; harsh; formidable.
  17. Of a relentlessly stern, sullen expression; fierce; horrible.
  18. Ugly and fierce; stern and surly; impressing terror and alarm; hideous.

Usage examples for grim

  1. I held on, as may be supposed, like grim death. – A Yacht Voyage Round England by W.H.G. Kingston
  2. And so it proved by what followed, for the old woman turned to him with a grim tenderness on her face, and stretched out her hand to be taken in his own. – Septimius Felton or, The Elixir of Life by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  3. " Thou art so grim and cold! – A Struggle for Rome, Vol. 2 (of 3) by Felix Dahn
  4. " Well, go on," said Mr. Adiesen, not looking up, and in a very grim tone. – Viking Boys by Jessie Margaret Edmondston Saxby
  5. He looked rather grim, but he also looked like a very much relieved man. – Legacy by James H Schmitz
  6. I heard her read it aloud to my father, I watched his face, and I saw the grim smile that came over it as he asked me, " Are those the words you heard them sing?" – The Harbor by Ernest Poole
  7. Presently one speaker seemed to please him, for his features relaxed into a grim smile. – Princess Maritza by Percy Brebner
  8. There was a strained look about his eyes, his mouth was set in grim lines, and unless directly addressed he remained silent. – Jane Oglander by Marie Belloc Lowndes
  9. " No, I haven't," he replied, with a grim smile, " but I should very much like to. – The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton
  10. His sense of humour was a very grim one. – A Prisoner in Turkey by John Still
  11. Jeff paused an instant and turned his grim face to her. – The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories by Ethel M. Dell
  12. " I hope they don't try to fit him with shoes," he added, with a grim smile. – The-Circus-Boys-on-the-Flying-Rings-or-Making-the-Start-in-the-Sawdust-Life by Darlington, Edgar B. P.
  13. Aunt Jane's lips came together again grim and hard. – Mary Marie by Eleanor H. Porter
  14. And- what of the somebody, Horbury or whoever it was, that lay behind that grim- looking door? – The Chestermarke Instinct by J. S. Fletcher
  15. He further noted with grim satisfaction that when Lusine recovered from the blow and ran back up to talk to the King, he ignored her. – Rastignac the Devil by Philip José Farmer
  16. Like some pale spirit she had stolen from him And left him there 'mid shadows dark and grim. – Love-or-Fame-and-Other-Poems by Sherrick, Fannie Isabel
  17. I have expected this answer, said Frau von Eschenhagen with a grim nod of the head, but I consider it my duty to once more appeal to your conscience. – The Sign of Flame by E. Werner
  18. " No, no," she answered, with a grim smile. – David Elginbrod by George MacDonald
  19. Then his eyes grew grim. – The Moghul by Thomas Hoover
  20. He seemed several years older, and his face was very grim. – The Cattle-Baron's Daughter by Harold Bindloss