- 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.
grit definition by Webster's New World
- 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
grit definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.