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gritty

[grit-ee] /ˈgrɪt i/
adjective, grittier, grittiest.
1.
consisting of, containing, or resembling grit; sandy.
2.
resolute and courageous; plucky.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; grit + -y1
Related forms
grittily, adverb
grittiness, noun
ungritty, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for grittiness

gritty

/ˈɡrɪtɪ/
adjective -tier, -tiest
1.
courageous; hardy; resolute
2.
of, like, or containing grit
Derived Forms
grittily, adverb
grittiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for grittiness

gritty

adj.

1590s, from grit + -y (2). In sense of "unpleasant" (of literature, etc.), from 1882, in reference to the sensation of eating gritty bread. Related: Grittily; grittiness.

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