grim

grim
grim [grım] adj
[: Old English; Origin: grimm]
1.) making you feel worried or unhappy
= ↑harsh
the grim reality of rebuilding the shattered town
When he lost his job, his future looked grim.
Millions of Britons face the grim prospect (=something bad that will probably happen) of dearer home loans.
We received the grim news in silence.
2.) looking or sounding very serious
'I'll survive,' he said with a grim smile.
The child hung on to her arm with grim determination .
The police officers were silent and grim-faced.
3.) BrE informal very bad, ugly, or unpleasant
The weather forecast is pretty grim.
They painted a grim picture of what life used to be like there.
a grim industrial town
4.) [not before noun] informal
ill
Juliet felt grim through the early months of her pregnancy.
5.) hold/hang on for/like grim death
BrE informal to hold something very tightly because you are afraid
>grimly adv
Arnold smiled grimly.
>grimness n [U]

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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