Meaning of “grim” in the English Dictionary

"grim" in British English

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uk /ɡrɪm/ us /ɡrɪm/ grimmer, grimmest

grim adjective (WITHOUT HOPE)

C2 worrying, without hope:

The future looks grim.

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  • I divined from his grim expression that the news was not good.
  • Her prospects are grim.
  • The doctor's diagnosis was grim.
  • The situation in the drought-stricken region is grim.
  • Experts have been giving grim predictions for the future of the company.
adverb uk /ˈɡrɪ us /ˈɡrɪ
noun [ U ] uk /ˈɡrɪm.nəs/ us /ˈɡrɪm.nəs/

(Definition of “grim” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"grim" in American English

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grimadjective [ -er/-est only ]

us /ɡrɪm/ -mm-

grim adjective [ -er/-est only ] (NOT GOOD)

not good; having no chance of a good result:

The outlook for a full recovery was grim.

grim adjective [ -er/-est only ] (SERIOUS)

very serious and sad:

The future looks grim for workers who are losing their jobs.
He looked at us with a grim expression.

(Definition of “grim” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)