- (Received Pronunciation, General American) IPA(key): /ˈɡɹɪzli/
- Homophone: grizzly
- Hyphenation: gris‧ly
From late Old English grisliċ, from grise (“to shudder with horror; to tremble, to be terrified; to make tremble, to terrify; to agrise”) + -lic (“-ly, suffix forming adjectives meaning ‘characteristic of, pertaining to’”). The word may also be an aphetic form of Old English ongrislic, *ongrisenlic, the past participle of *ongrísan (“to agrise”). Compare Danish grusom, Middle Dutch grezelijc (modern Dutch grijzelijk), Middle High German grisenlich (modern German grässlich, grausen).
- Horrifyingly repellent; gruesome, terrifying.
The photographs of the killings depict a grisly scene.
2017 January 19, Peter Bradshaw, “T2 Trainspotting review – choose a sequel that doesn’t disappoint”, in The Guardian, London, archived from the original on 20 January 2017:
- Perhaps you have to have seen the first film to like this one; to feel, like the young fans of Harry Potter, that without knowing or wanting it, you have grown up with its grisly protagonists.
- grizzly (misspelling)