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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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  • When it gets hard or gritty burn it at once and get a new one, or it may be used by mistake and make a mess.

    The Candy Maker's Guide Fletcher Manufacturing Company
  • It promised to be a glorious day, and London was stifling and gritty.

    All Roads Lead to Calvary Jerome K. Jerome
  • Milt stripped off his overalls and derby-crown, and washed his big, firm hands with gritty soft soap.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • They felt the tops of their caps—they and the deck were gritty.

    Washed Ashore W.H.G. Kingston
  • Allow no metal dust or gritty substances to accumulate at the insulation of exposed parts.

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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