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grits

[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.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English gryttes (plural), Old English gryt(t); cognate with German Grütze

grit

[grit] /grɪt/
noun
1.
abrasive particles or granules, as of sand or other small, coarse impurities found in the air, food, water, etc.
2.
firmness of character; indomitable spirit; pluck:
She has a reputation for grit and common sense.
3.
a coarse-grained siliceous rock, usually with sharp, angular grains.
4.
British, gravel.
5.
sand or other fine grainy particles eaten by fowl to aid in digestion.
verb (used with object), gritted, gritting.
6.
to cause to grind or grate together.
verb (used without object), gritted, gritting.
7.
to make a scratchy or slightly grating sound, as of sand being walked on; grate.
Idioms
8.
grit one's teeth, to show tenseness, anger, or determination by or as if by clamping or grinding the teeth together.
Origin
before 1000; Middle English gret, griet, grit, Old English grēot; cognate with German Griess, Old Norse grjōt pebble, boulder; see grits
Related forms
gritless, adjective
gritter, noun
Synonyms
2. resolution, fortitude, courage.
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Examples from the web for grits
  • Whether it's a steaming bowl of grits or a stack of tender waffles, sometimes all you want is breakfast-even if it's past sunset.
  • It came with a side of grits and a side of scolding.
  • Prepares breakfasts on a large scale by preparing grits and biscuits.
  • The lowest microbial counts occurred in the grits fraction and the highest in the feed from untreated blighted corn.
  • Meal and flour fractions were intermediate between grits and feed.
  • Place servings of hot creamy grits on warm plates, then gently remove the roe sets from the saute pan to the plates.
British Dictionary definitions for grits

grits

/ɡrɪts/
plural noun
1.
hulled and coarsely ground grain
2.
(US) See hominy grits
Word Origin
Old English grytt; related to Old High German gruzzi; see great, grit

grit

/ɡrɪt/
noun
1.
small hard particles of sand, earth, stone, etc
2.
Also called gritstone. any coarse sandstone that can be used as a grindstone or millstone
3.
the texture or grain of stone
4.
indomitable courage, toughness, or resolution
5.
(engineering) an arbitrary measure of the size of abrasive particles used in a grinding wheel or other abrasive process
verb grits, gritting, gritted
6.
to clench or grind together (two objects, esp the teeth)
7.
to cover (a surface, such as icy roads) with grit
Derived Forms
gritless, adjective
Word Origin
Old English grēot; related to Old Norse grjōt pebble, Old High German grioz; see great, groats, gruel

Grit

/ɡrɪt/
noun, adjective (Canadian)
1.
an informal word for Liberal
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Word Origin and History for grits
n.

plural of grit "coarsely ground grain," Old English grytt (plural grytta) "coarse meal, groats, grits," from Proto-Germanic *grutja-, from the same root as grit, the two words having influenced one another in sound development.

In American English, corn-based grits and hominy (q.v.) were used interchangeably in Colonial times. Later, hominy meant whole kernels that had been skinned but not ground, but in the U.S. South, hominy meant skinned kernels that could be ground coarsely to make grits. In New Orleans, whole kernels are big hominy and ground kernels little hominy.

grit

n.

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.

v.

"make a grating sound," 1762, probably from grit (n.). Related: Gritted; gritting.

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Slang definitions & phrases for grits

grit

noun
  1. Courage; fortitude and stamina (1825+)
  2. The roadpath beside a railroad track (1950s+ Railroad)
  3. (also grits)Food (1930s+ Black)
  4. A Southerner: He's a hotshot down here among the grits. A good Yankee guard would eat him alive (1960s+)
  5. (also Grit)Awhite person: It's a God's wonder some Grit didn't kill us (1960s+ Black)
verb

To eat (1930s+ Black)

Related Terms

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]


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Encyclopedia Article for grits

grit

sedimentary rock that consists of angular sand-sized grains and small pebbles. The term is roughly equivalent to the term sandstone (q.v.).

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