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[grit-ee] /ˈgrɪt i/
adjective, grittier, grittiest.
consisting of, containing, or resembling grit; sandy.
resolute and courageous; plucky.
Origin of gritty
First recorded in 1590-1600; grit + -y1
Related forms
grittily, adverb
grittiness, noun
ungritty, adjective Unabridged
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  • At this point in his reflections Wakefield's elbows began to feel rough and gritty.

    Peak and Prairie Anna Fuller
  • It promised to be a glorious day, and London was stifling and gritty.

    All Roads Lead to Calvary Jerome K. Jerome
  • They felt the tops of their caps—they and the deck were gritty.

    Washed Ashore W.H.G. Kingston
  • "It was gritty of Ralph to shut the bridge and stop 'em for you," went on the old man.

    The Young Bridge-Tender Arthur M. Winfield
  • Chris called it gritty, and said it was the sand—to himself.

    The Peril Finders George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for gritty


adjective -tier, -tiest
courageous; hardy; resolute
of, like, or containing grit
Derived Forms
grittily, adverb
grittiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for gritty

1590s, from grit + -y (2). In sense of "unpleasant" (of literature, etc.), from 1882, in reference to the sensation of eating gritty bread. Related: Grittily; grittiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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