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

  • transitive v. To broil on a gridiron.
  • transitive v. To torture or afflict as if by broiling.
  • transitive v. Informal To question relentlessly; cross-examine.
  • transitive v. To mark or emboss with a gridiron.
  • n. A cooking surface of parallel metal bars; a gridiron.
  • n. Food cooked by broiling or grilling.
  • n. A grillroom.
  • n. A series of marks grilled or embossed on a surface.
  • n. Variant of grille.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. harsh, rough, severe; cruel
  • n. harm
  • n. A rack; a grid of wire or a sheet of material with a pattern of holes or slots, usually used to protect something while allowing the passage of air and liquids. Typical uses: to allow air through a fan while preventing fingers or objects from passing; to allow people to talk to somebody, while preventing attack.
  • n. On a vehicle, a slotted cover as above, to protect and hide the radiator, while admitting air to cool it.
  • n. A device comprising a source of radiant heat and a means of holding food near it, to cook it; a barbecue; a griddle.
  • n. A type of jewelry worn on the front teeth; by extension, the front teeth regarded collectively.
  • v. To cook food on a grill; to barbecue.
  • v. To cook food under the element of a stove or only under the top element of an oven - (US) broil.
  • v. To interrogate; to question aggressively or harshly.
  • v. To make angry; provoke.
  • v. To terrify; make tremble.
  • v. To tremble; shiver.
  • v. To snarl; snap.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A gridiron.
  • n. That which is broiled on a gridiron, as meat, fish, etc.
  • n. A figure of crossed bars with interstices, such as those sometimes impressed upon postage stamps.
  • n. A grillroom.
  • intransitive v. To undergo the process of being grilled, or broiled; to broil.
  • transitive v. To broil on a grill or gridiron.
  • transitive v. To torment, as if by broiling.
  • transitive v. To stamp or mark with a grill.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make angry; provoke.
  • To terrify; cause to tremble.
  • To tremble; shiver.
  • To snarl; snap.
  • Harsh; rough; severe; cruel.
  • To broil on or as on a grill or gridiron.
  • To undergo broiling; be in a broil.
  • To mark or stamp with a series of parallel lines like a grill; specifically, in line-engraving, to break up (a too flat surface) with short bars of faint white lines sometimes crossed at right angles, as may be seen in some forms of postage-stamps.
  • n. Harm.
  • n. A grated utensil for broiling meat, etc., over a fire; a gridiron.
  • n. Faint and short white lines or cross-bars on some flat surfaces of engraving.
  • n. In electricity, the grid of a storage cell.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a framework of metal bars used as a partition or a grate
  • v. cook over a grill
  • v. examine thoroughly
  • n. a restaurant where food is cooked on a grill


French griller, from gril, gridiron, from Old French greille, from Latin crātīcula; see griddle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English grillen ("to anger, provoke"), from Old English grillan, griellan ("to annoy, vex, offend"), from Proto-Germanic *grellanan (“to shout, make angry”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰer- (“to rattle, make a noise, grumble”). Cognate with Dutch grillen ("to shudder, shiver"), Low German vergrellen ("to anger, provoke"), German grollen ("to rumble"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English gril, grille ("harsh, rough, severe"), from Old English *griell, from Proto-Germanic *grellaz (“angry”), from Proto-Indo-European *gher- (“to rattle, make a noise, grumble”). Cognate with German grell ("harsh, angry"), Danish grel ("shrill, glaring, dazzling"). (Wiktionary)
1655, from French gril, from Middle French, from Old French greïl, graïl ("gridiron"), from graïlle ("grate, grating"), from Latin crātīcula ("gridiron"), diminutive of crātis ("hurdle, wickerwork"), from Proto-Indo-European *kor(ə)t-, *krāt- (“to weave, twist, wattle; wicker”). Related to griddle, hurdle. (Wiktionary)



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  • Also used in one of my most favorite phrases, "to get all up in one's grill."

    October 16, 2009

  • Slang for face or mouth (smile). "Aloysius slammed Gandolph in the grill".

    October 15, 2009

  • In stamp collecting, a pattern of parallel lines (or dots at the points where lines would cross) that form a grid. A grill can describe either the impressed breaks added to stamps as a security measure or a grill-like cancelling device used on various 19th-century issues.

    August 27, 2008