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[grist] /grɪst/
grain to be ground.
ground grain; meal produced from grinding.
a quantity of grain for grinding at one time; the amount of meal from one grinding.
Older Use. a quantity or lot.
verb (used with object)
to grind (grain).
grist for / to one's mill, something employed to one's profit or advantage, especially something seemingly unpromising:
Every delay was so much more grist for her mill.
Origin of grist
before 1000; Middle English, Old English; akin to Old English grindan to grind
Related forms
grister, noun Unabridged
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  • She was carrying a grist of co'n down to the mill in her father's ox cart.

    The Prodigal Judge Vaughan Kester
  • If I were a novelist now all this would be grist for my mill.

    The Forester's Daughter Hamlin Garland
  • Its sails were moving slowly round, but their tattered condition showed that but a small amount of grist was ground within.

    Won from the Waves W.H.G. Kingston
  • Verily, the mills of the gods grind slowly, but what a grist they grind!

    Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska Charles Warren Stoddard
  • But he was wont to growl out, “The wind is sure to drop when I have most grist to grind—just to spite me.”

    Taking Tales W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for grist


  1. grain intended to be or that has been ground
  2. the quantity of such grain processed in one grinding
(brewing) malt grains that have been cleaned and cracked
grist to the mill, grist to one's mill, grist for the mill, grist for one's mill, anything that can be turned to profit or advantage
Word Origin
Old English grīst; related to Old Saxon grist-grimmo gnashing of teeth, Old High German grist-grimmōn
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for grist

Old English grist "action of grinding, grain to be ground," perhaps related to grindan "to grind" (see grind), though OED calls the connection "difficult." Meaning "wheat which is to be ground" is early 15c.; the figurative extension from this sense is from the same date.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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