• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Grig (Zoöl) A cricket or grasshopper.
    • Grig (Zoöl) Any small eel.
    • Grig Heath. "Gorse and grass
      And heather , where his footsteps pass,
      The brighter seem."
    • Grig (Zoöl) The broad-nosed eel. See Glut.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n grig A cricket; a grasshopper.
    • n grig The sand-eel; a small and very lively eel.
    • n grig A short-legged hen.
    • n grig One of a class of vagabond dancers and tumblers.
    • n grig Heath. Also griglan.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Grig grig a cricket, grasshopper: a small lively eel, the sand-eel.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Sw. kräk, little creature, reptile; or D. kriek, cricket, E. cricket,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. a form of crick, in cricket.


In literature:

Polly was happy as a grig, and all the others equally so.
"Peggy Stewart at School" by Gabrielle E. Jackson
He's as jolly as a grig, but he doesn't give up, and I suppose some day Miriam will give in.
"Miss Pat at School" by Pemberton Ginther
Grig is for Gregory, whence Gregson and Scottish Grier.
"The Romance of Names" by Ernest Weekley
Are Grigs agreeable to girls?
"The Admiral's Caravan" by Charles E. Carryl
You'll find us much jollier grigs of the twain.
"It Might Have Been" by Emily Sarah Holt
Let us be as merry as grigs.
"Vixen, Volume I." by M. E. Braddon
The nurse who tended Lionel Share's last hours was named Grig.
"When Winter Comes to Main Street" by Grant Martin Overton
The Jolly Grig was empty.
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 6, July 1905" by Various
You know Lestrange lives with him; a bachelor household, cozy as grigs.
"The Flying Mercury" by Eleanor M. Ingram
Lots of youngsters have convulsions and come out of them, jolly as grigs.
"The Dominant Strain" by Anna Chapin Ray

In poetry:

The second earned the name of prig,
The first the epithet of prude;
The third, as merry as a grig,
On melon and on sucking pig
Feasts with the Great White Brotherhood.
"The Disciples" by Aleister Crowley
The beetle flung its burr of sound
Against the hush and clung there, wound
In night's deep mane: then, in a tree,
A grig began deliberately
To file the stillness: all around
A wire of shrillness seemed unwound.
"In The Wood" by Madison Julius Cawein