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Etymology 1[edit]

From Late Latin grata, from Latin word for a hurdle; or Italian grata, of the same origin.


grate ‎(plural grates)

  1. A horizontal metal grille through which water, ash, or small objects can fall, while larger objects cannot.
    The grate stopped the sheep from escaping from their field.
    • Shakespeare
      a secret grate of iron bars
  2. A frame or bed, or kind of basket, of iron bars, for holding fuel while burning.


grate ‎(third-person singular simple present grates, present participle grating, simple past and past participle grated)

  1. (transitive) To furnish with grates; to protect with a grating or crossbars.
    to grate a window

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old French grater ‎(to scrape) ( > French gratter), from Frankish *krattōn, Proto-Germanic. Cognate with Old High German krazzon[1] ( > German kratzen ‎(to scrawl) > Danish kradse ), Icelandic krassa ‎(to scrawl) [2] and Danish kratte.


grate ‎(third-person singular simple present grates, present participle grating, simple past and past participle grated)

  1. (transitive, cooking) To shred things, usually foodstuffs, by rubbing across a grater.
    I need to grate the cheese before the potato is cooked.
  2. (intransitive) To rub against, making a (usually unpleasant) squeaking sound.
    • 1856, Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary, Part 3 Chapter X, translated by Eleanor Marx-Aveling
      The gate suddenly grated. It was Lestiboudois; he came to fetch his spade, that he had forgotten. He recognised Justin climbing over the wall, and at last knew who was the culprit who stole his potatoes.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 7, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      The turmoil went on—no rest, no peace. […] It was nearly eleven o'clock now, and he strolled out again. In the little fair created by the costers' barrows the evening only seemed beginning; and the naphtha flares made one's eyes ache, the men's voices grated harshly, and the girls' faces saddened one.
    Listening to his teeth grate all day long drives me mad.
    The chalk grated against the board.
  3. (by extension, intransitive) To grate on one’s nerves; to irritate or annoy.
  4. (intransitive) To make an unpleasant rasping sound.
    She’s nice enough, but she can begin to grate if there is no-one else to talk to.
  5. (by extension, transitive, obsolete) To annoy.
    • Shakespeare
      News, my good lord Rome [] grates me.
Derived terms[edit]
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Etymology 3[edit]

Latin gratus ‎(agreeable).


grate ‎(comparative more grate, superlative most grate)

  1. (obsolete) Serving to gratify; agreeable.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir T. Herbert to this entry?)


  1. ^ glut” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
  2. ^ Etymology of kradse in ODS





grate f

  1. Feminine plural form of grato




From grātus ‎(agreeable).



grātē (comparative grātius, superlative grātissimē)

  1. gladly, willingly
  2. gratefully, thankfully

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