As merry as a grig [etymology uncertain], a saying supposed by some to be a corruption of "As merry as a Greek; " by others, to be an allusion to the cricket.

(Gril) a. [OE. gril harsh; akin to G. grell offending the ear or eye, shrill, dazzling, MHG. grel angry; cf. AS. gallan to provoke.] Harsh; hard; severe; stern; rough. [Obs.] Rom. of R.

(Grill), n. [F. gril. See Grill, v. t.]

1. A gridiron.

[They] make grills of [wood] to broil their meat.

2. That which is broiled on a gridiron, as meat, fish, etc.

(Grill), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Grilled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Grilling.] [F. griller, fr. gril gridiron, OF. graïl, L. craticulum for craticula fine hurdlework, a small gridiron, dim. of crates hurdle. See Grate, n.]

1. To broil on a grill or gridiron.
[1913 Webster]

Boiling of men in caldrons, grilling them on gridirons.

3. Full of, or expressing, grief; showing great sorrow or affliction; as, a grievous cry.Griev"ous*ly, adv.Griev"ous*ness, n.

(Griff) n. [Cf. Gripe.]

1. Grasp; reach. [Obs.]

A vein of gold ore within one spade's griff.

2. [Cf. F. griffe, G. griff, prop., a grasping.] (Weaving) An arrangement of parallel bars for lifting the hooked wires which raise the warp threads in a loom for weaving figured goods. Knight.

(Griffe) n. [F.] The offspring of a mulatto woman and a negro; also, a mulatto. [Local, U. S.]

(Grif"fin) n. An Anglo-Indian name for a person just arrived from Europe. H. Kingsley.

(Grif"fin Grif"fon) n. [OE. griffin, griffon, griffoun, F. griffon, fr. L. gryphus, equiv to gryps, Gr. — so called because of the hooked beak, and akin to grypo`s curved, hook-nosed.]

1. (Myth.) A fabulous monster, half lion and half eagle. It is often represented in Grecian and Roman works of art.

2. (Her.) A representation of this creature as an heraldic charge.

3. (Zoöl.) A species of large vulture (Gyps fulvus) found in the mountainous parts of Southern Europe, North Africa, and Asia Minor; — called also gripe, and grype. It is supposed to be the "eagle" of the Bible. The bearded griffin is the lammergeir. [Written also gryphon.]

4. An English early apple.

(Grig) n. [Cf. Sw. kräk little creature, reptile; or D. kriek cricket, E. cricket.]

1. (Zoöl.) (a) A cricket or grasshopper. [Prov. Eng.] (b) Any small eel. (c) The broad-nosed eel. See Glut. [Prov. Eng.]

2. Heath. [Prov. Eng.] Audrey.

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