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  • IPA(key): /ˈɡɹɪmli/
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Etymology 1[edit]

Old English grimmliċ, corresponding to grim +‎ -ly.


grimly (comparative grimlier, superlative grimliest)

  1. (rare) Grim-looking, grim-natured.
    • 1863, Sheridan Le Fanu, The House by the Churchyard
      To hear her rant, one would have supposed, who had not seen him, that her lank-haired, grimly partner, was the prettiest youth in the county of Dublin, and that all the comely lasses in Chapelizod and the country round were sighing and setting caps at him []
    • 1973, Kyril Bonfiglioli, Don't Point That Thing at Me, Penguin (2001), page 94:
      In reality it was the most terrifying sight I had seen to date: two fried eggs decorated with ketchup, Tabasco and chopped chillis in the semblance of a pair of bloodshot eyes – I would as soon have eaten my own leg. I waved the grimly thing away.

Etymology 2[edit]

grim +‎ -ly


grimly (comparative more grimly, superlative most grimly)

  1. In a grim manner.