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Frightful; horrible; dreadful; harsh; as, grisly locks; a grisly specter. Grisly to behold. A man of grisly and stern gravity. (Robynson (mores Utopia)) grisly bear.

(Science: zoology) see grizzly.

Origin: oe, grisly, grislich, as. Grislic, gryslic, fr. Grsan to shudder; cf. Od. Grijselick horrible, OHG. Grisenl?ch, and also as. Gre?san to frighten, and E. Gruesome.