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English definition of “grim”

grim

adjective uk   /ɡrɪm/ (grimmer, grimmest) us  

grim adjective (WITHOUT HOPE)

C2 worrying, without hope: The future looks grim.Not hopeful

grim adjective (SERIOUS)

C2 worried and serious or sad: Her face was grim as she told them the bad news. The expression on his face was one of grim determination. Later Mr Ashby left the court, grim-faced and silent.Feeling sad and unhappyAnxious and worried

grim adjective (UNPLEASANT)

C2 informal very unpleasant or ugly: a grim-looking block of flatsSerious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad
grimly
adverb uk   /ˈɡrɪm.li/ us  
grimness
noun [U] uk   /ˈɡrɪm.nəs/ us  
Serious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for badNot hopeful
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