Origin of gristleMiddle English gristel from Old English gristle (akin to Old Frisian gristel) from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European an unverified form ghrei-: see grime
Origin of gristleMiddle English from Old English
(countable and uncountable, plural gristles)
- Cartilage; now especially: cartilage present, as a tough substance, in meat.
- 1859, George Eliot, Adam Bede,
- Look at Adam through the rest of the day, as he stands on the scaffolding with the two-feet ruler in his hand, whistling low while he considers how a difficulty about a floor-joist or a window-frame is to be overcome; or as he pushes one of the younger workmen aside and takes his place in upheaving a weight of timber, saying, "Let alone, lad! Thee'st got too much gristle i' thy bones yet"; or as he fixes his keen black eyes on the motions of a workman on the other side of the room and warns him that his distances are not right.
- 1885, Ada Sarah Ballin, The Science of Dress in Theory and Practice,
- It. must be borne in mind that the bones of a young infant are little more than gristle, and are liable to bend, and so become deformed.
- 1896, Arthur Conan Doyle, Rodney Stone,
- "The young 'un will make his way," said Belcher, who had come across to us. "He's more a sparrer than a fighter just at present, but when his gristle sets he'll take on anything on the list.
From Middle English gristel, grystyl, from Old English gristel, gristle (“gristle, cartilage”), formed from a diminutive of Old English grist (“a grinding”), from Proto-Germanic *gredaną (“to crunch”), equivalent to grist + -le. Cognate with Old Frisian gristel, gerstel (“gristle, cartilage”), Middle Low German gristel (“gristle”).