Help support Wordnik by adopting your favorite word!


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An African charm, fetish, or amulet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A belay device that incorporates an automatic breaking system.
  • n. Alternative spelling of gris-gris.


French, of West African origin; akin to Balanta (Niger-Congo language of Guinea-Bissau and Senegal) grigri, amulet.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From a trademark of French company Petzl, probably related to French grimper, "climb". (Wiktionary)
See gris-gris (Wiktionary)



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.