corn or other grain, soybeans, etc. ground more coarsely than for flour or meal; esp., in the South, hominy ground coarsely: grits are eaten as porridge, as a side dish, and in casseroles
Origin of gritsMiddle English gryttes (pl.) ; from Old English grytte, akin to German grütze: for Indo-European base see grit
plural noun(used with a sing. or pl. verb)
- Ground hominy that is boiled with water or milk and served as a breakfast food or side dish. Also called hominy grits.
- Coarsely ground grain, especially corn.
Origin of gritsAlteration of Middle English grutta, coarse meal, from Old English grytta, pl. of grytt.
- Grits usually takes a plural verb, especially outside the southern US.
See grit (“hulled oats”)
- plural form of grit
- third-person singular simple present indicative form of grit
See grit (Etymology 1)
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