The grouts, however, were eager to go early and get it over with.
Only they did not say "before folks" now; the grouts never said "before folks" now—they said, "In the presence of guests."
The grouts of coffee will in a few seconds fall to the bottom of the cups.
1580s, "thin, fluid mortar," originally "coarse porridge," perhaps from Old English gruta (plural) "coarse meal," related to Old English grytta (see grits). As a verb from 1838. Related: grouted; grouting.