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grating2

[grey-ting] /ˈgreɪ tɪŋ/
adjective
1.
irritating or unpleasant to one's feelings.
2.
(of a sound or noise) harsh, discordant, or rasping.
Origin of grating2
1555-1565
1555-65; grate2 + -ing2
Related forms
gratingly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for gratingly
Historical Examples
  • But now he began to make such a strange crowing noise, just like a chair drawn heavily and gratingly along a kitchen-floor!

    The Grey Woman and other Tales Mrs. (Elizabeth) Gaskell
  • Bear Cat Stacy's voice as he answered was gratingly hard and his eyes were unyielding.

    When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry Charles Neville Buck
  • "We are better off sometimes if we don't get all that belongs to us," said John gratingly.

    The Desert and The Sown Mary Hallock Foote
  • Lift the latch quietly, though, for there is grief in the room, and noise comes harshly and gratingly upon a sorrowing ear.

    The Elm Tree Tales F. Irene Burge Smith
  • "Kill 'em both with one stone, then," wheezed the turnkey, gratingly throwing open the door of the cell.

    Pierre; or The Ambiguities Herman Melville
  • Slowly, gratingly, the golem turned and lumbered out of the cave, clumsy and ponderous.

British Dictionary definitions for gratingly

grating1

/ˈɡreɪtɪŋ/
noun
1.
Also called grate. a framework of metal bars in the form of a grille set into a wall, pavement, etc, serving as a cover or guard but admitting air and sometimes light
2.

grating2

/ˈɡreɪtɪŋ/
adjective
1.
(of sounds) harsh and rasping
2.
annoying; irritating
noun
3.
(often pl) something produced by grating
Derived Forms
gratingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for gratingly

grating

adj.

"annoying, irritating," 1560s, figurative use of present participle adjective from grate (v.).

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