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[grahyn-der] /ˈgraɪn dər/
a person or thing that grinds.
a kitchen device or appliance for grinding food.
a sharpener of tools.
a molar tooth.
Chiefly New England and Inland North. hero sandwich.
grinders, Informal. the teeth.
Origin of grinder
1350-1400; Middle English. See grind, -er1
Regional variation note
5. See hero sandwich. Unabridged
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  • The distant screech of the grinder was muffled and not unpleasant.

    The Worshippers Damon Francis Knight
  • The grinder had left this paper with his mother, and she had written letters to him from it.

    Auld Licht Idylls

    J. M. Barrie
  • The man to judge a forger's work is a grinder, and not another forger.

  • Henry spoke to the grinder, and asked him if there was anything amiss with the stone.

  • The grinder had not been taken, and a further remand was necessary.

    The Vicar of Bullhampton

    Anthony Trollope
  • You see that this fellow whom they call the grinder was certainly the man I struck.

    The Vicar of Bullhampton

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for grinder


a person who grinds, esp one who grinds cutting tools
a machine for grinding
a molar tooth
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for grinder

Old English grindere "one who grinds (grain);" agent noun from grind (v.). Meaning "molar tooth" is late 14c. (Old English had grindetoð). Meaning "machine for milling" is from 1660s; of persons, from late 15c. Large sandwich sense is from 1954, though the exact signification is uncertain (perhaps from the amount of chewing required to eat one).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for grinder



  1. A barker or hawker (1925+ Circus & carnival)
  2. A stripteaser; stripper (1950s+)
  3. A car, esp an old and ramshackle one: bought a brand new Chev to take the place of her old grinder (1940s+)
  4. hero sandwich (1950s+)
  5. A parade ground; drill field (1940s+ Marine Corps)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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