With early modern vowel shortening, from Middle English grete, griet, from Old English grēot, from Proto-Germanic *greutą (compare German Grieß, Swedish gryta, Norwegian Nynorsk grjot), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰr-eu-d- (compare Lithuanian grúodas (“frost; frozen street dirt”), Serbo-Croatian grȕda (“lump”)).
- A collection of hard small materials, such as dirt, ground stone, debris from sandblasting or other such grinding, or swarf from metalworking.
- The flower beds were white with grit from sand blasting the flagstone walkways.
- Sand or a sand–salt mixture spread on wet and, especially, icy roads and footpaths to improve traction.
- Inedible particles in food.
- These cookies seem to have grit from nutshells in them.
- A measure of the relative coarseness of an abrasive material such as sandpaper, the smaller the number the coarser the abrasive.
- I need a sheet of 100 grit sandpaper.
- (geology) A hard, coarse-grained siliceous sandstone; gritstone. Also, a finer sharp-grained sandstone, e.g., grindstone grit.
- Strength of mind; great courage or fearlessness; fortitude.
- That kid with the cast on his arm has the grit to play dodgeball.
- 2015 April 15, Jonathan Martin, “For a Clinton, it’s not hard to be humble in an effort to regain power”, in The New York Times, archived from the original on 6 September 2015:
- But what their admirers call grit and critics deem shamelessness can overshadow another essential element of the Clinton school: a willingness to put on the hair shirt of humility to regain power.
- Apparently only in grit one's teeth: to clench, particularly in reaction to pain or anger.
- We had no choice but to grit our teeth and get on with it.
- He has a sleeping disorder and grits his teeth.
- To cover with grit.
- (obsolete, intransitive) To give forth a grating sound, like sand under the feet; to grate; to grind.
- The sanded floor that grits beneath the tread.
From Middle English gryt (“bran, chaff”), from Old English grytt, from Proto-Germanic *grutją (“coarsely ground bits”) (compare Dutch grut, German Grütze), ablaut variant of Proto-Indo-European *gʰr-eu-d-. See above.
grit (plural grits)
- (usually in the plural) Husked but unground oats.
- (usually in the plural) Coarsely ground corn or hominy used as porridge.