- The definition of grit is small, often abrasive, particles of sand or stone.
Little dirt and pebbles stuck in the bottom of your shoe are an example of grit.
- rough, hard particles of sand, stone, etc.
- the texture of stone, with regard to the fineness or coarseness of its grain
- any of several sandstones with large, sharp grains, often used for grindstones
- ☆ stubborn courage; brave perseverance; pluck
Origin: with Early Modern English vowel shortening from Middle English grete from Old English greot, akin to German griess Indo-European base an unverified form ghrēu-, to rub hard over, crumble from source great
- to cover with grit
- ☆ to clench or grind (the teeth) in anger or determination
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- Minute rough granules, as of sand or stone.
- The texture or fineness of sand or stone used in grinding.
- A coarse hard sandstone used for making grindstones and millstones.
- Informal Indomitable spirit; pluck.
- To clamp (the teeth) together.
- To cover or treat with grit.
Origin: Middle English gret, sand, from Old English grēot.