Grisly and grizzly both have different meanings and spellings but they sound exactly same. These types of words are known as homophones and they cause a lot of confusion among native and new English learners alike. Grizzly and grisly are both homophones and many people confuse them for one another. In this article, we will discuss the origin, meaning and usage of both of these words along with everyday examples so next time you have to use one of these words in your writing, you never get confused.
Grisly originated from Old English grislic ‘terrifying’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch griezelig. Grizzly originated from mid-16th century (as adjective): from grizzle. The noun dates from the early 19th century.
Grizzly as noun:
Grizzly as adjective:
He has a grizzly beard.
Grisly as adjective:
Grisly or grizzly:
Grizzly means (1) grayish or flecked with gray, and (2) of or relating to the large brown bear native to western North America. It can also be a noun, short for grizzly bear. Grisly means gruesome, ghastly, or inspiring repugnance. There’s also gristly, an adjective used to describe meat with too much cartilage. And there’s grizzled, a synonym of grizzly, usually used to describe scruffy-looking older men. Grizzley is a misspelling.