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groats

[grohts] /groʊts/
noun, (used with a singular or plural verb)
1.
hulled grain, as wheat or oats, broken into fragments.
2.
hulled kernels of oats, buckwheat, or barley.
Origin of groats
1100
before 1100; Middle English grotes (plural), Old English grot meal; akin to grits

groat

[groht] /groʊt/
noun
1.
a silver coin of England, equal to four pennies, issued from 1279 to 1662.
Origin
1325-75; Middle English groot < Middle Dutch groot large, name of a large coin; see great
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  • When the New Year is drummed-in in the city they wander out into the country, and drum there for bacon and groats.

    O. T. Hans Christian Andersen
  • You silly boy, we don't play for groats here as you do at Cambridge.

  • "And he never gave me a hundred groats," blurted out Martin, who could not stand any reference to the prince in question.

  • A practical conversation about groats, a goose, and a quarrel with Grandmother.

    The Precipice Ivan Goncharov
  • But this being so, and you but half-hearted, I tell you, it is too dangerous a game to play for groats.

    The Wild Geese Stanley John Weyman
  • And I have been surprised at your not asking where the word , groats, comes from.

  • If I had said a peck of groats he could not have appeared more indifferent.

    A Transient Guest Edgar Saltus
  • Can you tell me, mister, in what county o' Scotland is John o' groats?

    Carnival Compton Mackenzie
  • When Jan came home, she said to him, "Jan, Hereafterthis has been for the bag of groats."

  • "I'm afraid we never keep any groats or things," he exclaimed.

    Married Life May Edginton
British Dictionary definitions for groats

groats

/ɡrəʊts/
plural noun
1.
the hulled and crushed grain of oats, wheat, or certain other cereals
2.
the parts of oat kernels used as food
Word Origin
Old English grot particle; related to grota fragment, as in meregrota pearl; see grit, grout

groat

/ɡrəʊt/
noun
1.
an English silver coin worth four pennies, taken out of circulation in the 17th century
Word Origin
C14: from Middle Dutch groot, from Middle Low German gros, from Medieval Latin (denarius) grossus thick (coin); see groschen
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Word Origin and History for groats
n.

"hulled grain coarsely ground or crushed; oatmeal," early 14c., from grot "piece, fragment," from Old English grot "particle," from same root as grit. The word also meant "excrement in pellets" (mid-15c.).

groat

n.

medieval European coin, late 14c., probably from Middle Dutch groot, elliptical use of adj. meaning "great, big" (in sense of "thick"); see great. Recognized from 13c. in various nations, in 14c. it was roughly one-eighth an ounce of silver; the English groat coined 1351-2 was worth four pence. Also cf. groschen.

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