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When we are talking about "grim", do you attribute these two meanings to people, "to look very serious" and "unpleasant and depressing"?


He looked so grim.

Would it be "He looked very serious" or "He looked unpleasant and depressing"?

Perhaps the context would explain this, if these 2 meanings can be used with people.

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closed as general reference by MετάEd, FumbleFingers, choster, aedia λ, Hellion Jun 14 '13 at 15:54

This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

onelook.com/?w=grim – MετάEd Jun 13 '13 at 14:57
With such a sentence without context it is hard to tell. – Matt E. Эллен Jun 13 '13 at 15:31


  1. stern and admitting of no appeasement or compromise: grim determination; grim necessity.
  2. of a sinister or ghastly character; repellent: a grim joke.
  3. having a harsh, surly, forbidding, or morbid air: a grim man but a just one; a grim countenance.
  4. fierce, savage, or cruel: War is a grim business.

As you can see by the definitions of grim from dictionary.com, either one could be right. You'd have to determine the correct meaning through context.

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