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[grit-ee] /ˈgrɪt i/
adjective, grittier, grittiest.
consisting of, containing, or resembling grit; sandy.
resolute and courageous; plucky.
Origin of gritty
1590-1600; grit + -y1
Related forms
grittily, adverb
grittiness, noun
ungritty, adjective Unabridged
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  • In mice, a series of new studies has finally begun to get down to the nitty gritty of probiotic success and failure.
  • Getting to the nitty gritty and going to a expert on frozen microbes is not going to help.
  • His algorithms are good at the nitty-gritty of generating completely novel protein sequences for a particular purpose.
  • His grimly businesslike speech was a gritty, almost masochistic exercise in the taking of responsibility.
  • He found his summer town unpretentious, gritty, endearing.
  • Twice have drowned, thrice let knives rake my nitty-gritty.
  • Of course, but this isn't the sort of show you watch when you're looking for gritty realism.
  • The gritty practicalities of addressing it tend to get obscured.
  • The world is a gritty, messy place, and there are no perfect solutions.
  • On the other hand, it takes a deeply sentimental view of these gritty realities.
British Dictionary definitions for gritty


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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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