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
- [G-]Informal a member of the Liberal Party of Canada
Origin of gritwith Early Modern English vowel shortening from Middle English grete from Old English greot, akin to German griess from Indo-European base an unverified form ghr?u-, to rub hard over, crumble from source great
transitive verbgrit′ted, grit′ting
- to cover with grit
- to clench or grind (the teeth) in anger or determination
- 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.
verbgrit·ted, grit·ting, grits
- To clamp (the teeth) together.
- To cover or treat with grit.
Origin of gritMiddle English gret sand from Old English grēot
- Collection of hard small materials, such as dirt, ground stone, debris from sandblasting or other such grinding, swarf from metalworking.
- The flower beds were white with grit from sand blasting the flagstone walkways.
- Inedible particles in food.
- Tastes like grit from nut shells in these cookies.
- Firmness of mind; invincible spirit; unyielding courage or fearlessness; fortitude.
- That kid with the cast on his arm has the grit to play dodgeball.
- A measure of relative coarseness of an abrasive material such as sandpaper.
- I need a sheet of 100 grit sandpaper.
- (geology) A hard, coarse-grained siliceous sandstone; gritstone. Also, to a finer sharp-grained sandstone, e.g. grindstone grit.
(third-person singular simple present grits, present participle gritting, simple past and past participle gritted or grit (nonstandard))
- To clench, particularly in reaction to pain or anger; apparently only appears in gritting one's teeth.
- We had no choice but to grit our teeth and get on with it.
- He has a sleeping disorder and grits his teeth.
- To cover with grit.
- To give forth a grating sound, like sand under the feet; to grate; to grind.
With early modern vowel shortening, from Middle English grete, griet, from Old English grēot, from Proto-Germanic *greutą (compare German Grieß, Swedish gryta), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰr-eu-d- (compare Lithuanian grúodas ‘frost; frozen street dirt’, Serbo-Croatian grȕda ‘lump’).
Middle English gryt ‘bran, chaff’, from Old English grytt, from Proto-Germanic *grutją ‘coarsely ground bits’ (compare Dutch grut, German Grütze), ablaut variant of Proto-Indo-European *gʰr-eu-d-. See above.
- (Canada, politics) A member or supporter of the Liberal Party of Canada or one of its provincial wings (except for the Quebec provincial wing).
- (Canada, politics) Of or belonging to the Liberal Party of Canada.
Canadian. From the Clear Grits.