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  • IPA(key): /ɡɹɪt/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪt

Etymology 1[edit]

With early modern vowel shortening, from Middle English grete, griet, from Old English grēot, from Proto-West Germanic *greut, from Proto-Germanic *greutą.


a pile of grit set out for grouse, which the birds swallow to assist in digesting heather

grit (uncountable)

  1. 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.
    1. Sand or a sand–salt mixture spread on wet and, especially, icy roads and footpaths to improve traction.
  2. Inedible particles in food.
    These cookies seem to have grit from nutshells in them.
  3. 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.
  4. (geology) A hard, coarse-grained siliceous sandstone; gritstone. Also, a finer sharp-grained sandstone, e.g., grindstone grit.
  5. Strength of mind; great courage or fearlessness; fortitude.
    That kid with the cast on his arm has the grit to play dodgeball.
    • 1861, Charles Reade, The Cloister and the Hearth; or, Maid, Wife, and Widow. A Matter-of-Fact Romance., New York, N.Y.: Rudd & Carleton; London: Trübner & Co.:
      They came to a rising ground , not sharp , but long ; and here youth and grit and sober living told more than ever.
    • 1880, Edwin Percy Whipple, Success and Its Conditions:
      If you are overcome by a man of grit, he insolently makes you conscious of your own weakness
    • 1941 April, “Notes and News: Railwaymen and Snow”, in Railway Magazine, page 178:
      Although working under very unpleasant conditions they never grumbled, and to the end showed continuous grit; and in addition to this several examples of sheer heroism were displayed.
    • 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[1], 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.
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grit (third-person singular simple present grits, present participle gritting, simple past and past participle gritted or (nonstandard) grit)

  1. 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.
  2. To cover with grit.
  3. (obsolete, intransitive) To give forth a grating sound, like sand under the feet; to grate; to grind.
    • 1767, Oliver Goldsmith, The Hermit
      The sanded |floor that grits beneath the tread.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English *gryt (bran, chaff), from Old English grytt, from Proto-West Germanic *gruti (coarsely ground bits), ablaut variant of Proto-Indo-European *gʰrewd-. See above. Doublet of goetta.


grit (plural grits)

  1. (usually in the plural) Husked but unground oats.
  2. (usually in the plural) Coarsely ground corn or hominy used as porridge.
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  1. first/second/third-person singular past indicative of gråta



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grit (comparative mair grit, superlative maist grit)

  1. great