abrasive particles or granules, as of sand or other small, coarse impurities found in the air, food, water, etc.
firmness of character; indomitable spirit; pluck:
She has a reputation for grit and common sense.
a coarse-grained siliceous rock, usually with sharp, angular grains.
sand or other fine grainy particles eaten by fowl to aid in digestion.
verb (used with object), gritted, gritting.
to cause to grind or grate together.
verb (used without object), gritted, gritting.
to make a scratchy or slightly grating sound, as of sand being walked on; grate.
grit one’s teeth, to show tenseness, anger, or determination by or as if by clamping or grinding the teeth together.
small hard particles of sand, earth, stone, etc
Also called gritstone. any coarse sandstone that can be used as a grindstone or millstone
the texture or grain of stone
indomitable courage, toughness, or resolution
(engineering) an arbitrary measure of the size of abrasive particles used in a grinding wheel or other abrasive process
verb grits, gritting, gritted
to clench or grind together (two objects, esp the teeth)
to cover (a surface, such as icy roads) with grit
noun, adjective (Canadian)
an informal word for Liberal
Old English greot “sand, dust, earth, gravel,” from Proto-Germanic *greutan “tiny particles of crushed rock” (cf. Old Saxon griot, Old Frisian gret, Old Norse grjot “rock, stone,” German Grieß “grit, sand”), from PIE *ghreu- “rub, grind” (cf. Lithuanian grudas “corn, kernel,” Old Church Slavonic gruda “clod”). Sense of “pluck, spirit” first recorded American English, 1808.
“make a grating sound,” 1762, probably from grit (n.). Related: Gritted; gritting.
To eat (1930s+ Black)
hit the dirt
[food senses at least partially fr hominy grits, although grit was British military slang for ”food” in the 1930s; Southern dialect sense probably ironically fr Civil War use of the expression true Yankee grit by Northern soldiers and writers]
verb To complain: gritching about the dog next door gritty Related Terms the nitty-gritty /grich/ 1. A complaint (often caused by a glitch). 2. To complain. Often verb-doubled: “Gritch gritch”. 3. A synonym for glitch (as verb or noun). (1995-01-31)
[grith] /grɪθ/ noun, Chiefly Scot. 1. protection or asylum for a limited period of time, as under church or crown. /ɡrɪθ/ noun 1. (English legal history) security, peace, or protection, guaranteed either in a certain place, such as a church, or for a period of time 2. a place of safety or protection
- Grit lit
noun See dirty realism
[grits] /grɪts/ noun, (used with a singular or plural verb) 1. Also called hominy grits. coarsely ground hominy, boiled and sometimes then fried, eaten as a breakfast dish or as a side dish with meats. 2. grain hulled and coarsely ground. [grit] /grɪt/ noun 1. abrasive particles or granules, as of sand or other small, […]