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/ ˈgreɪ ni /

adjective, grain·i·er, grain·i·est.

resembling grain; granular.
full of grains or grain.
having a natural or simulated grain, as wood, wallpaper, etc.
Photography. (of a negative or positive) having a granular appearance.

Origin of grainy

First recorded in 1605–15; grain + -y1

Related forms

grain·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for graininess

  • The cat Bartouki took such pains to develop was of a plastic that does not have the graininess of concrete.

    The Egyptian Cat Mystery|Harold Leland Goodwin
  • Have you ever sat close to the screen in a motion picture theatre, so that the graininess of the moving film was visible?

    The Infra-Medians|Sewell Peaslee Wright
  • Graininess may be caused by too much acid or too much moisture in the cheese.

    The Book of Cheese|Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk

British Dictionary definitions for graininess


/ (ˈɡreɪnɪ) /

adjective grainier or grainiest

resembling, full of, or composed of grain; granular
resembling the grain of wood, leather, etc
photog having poor definition because of large grain size

Derived Forms

graininess, noun
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