adjective, grittier, grittiest.
consisting of, containing, or resembling grit; sandy.
resolute and courageous; plucky.

1590–1600; grit + -y1

grittily, adverb
grittiness, noun
ungritty, adjective Unabridged
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gritty (ˈɡrɪtɪ)
adj , -tier, -tiest
1.  courageous; hardy; resolute
2.  of, like, or containing grit

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