grating

2
[grey-ting]

adjective

irritating or unpleasant to one's feelings.
(of a sound or noise) harsh, discordant, or rasping.

Nearby words

  1. gratify,
  2. gratifying,
  3. gratin,
  4. gratinate,
  5. gratinated,
  6. gratingly,
  7. gratiné,
  8. gratis,
  9. gratitude,
  10. grattage

Origin of grating

2
First recorded in 1555–65; grate2 + -ing2

Related formsgrat·ing·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for gratingly

grating

1

noun

Also called: grate a framework of metal bars in the form of a grille set into a wall, pavement, etc, serving as a cover or guard but admitting air and sometimes light

grating

2

adjective

(of sounds) harsh and rasping
annoying; irritating

noun

(often plural) something produced by grating
Derived Formsgratingly, adverb

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Word Origin and History for gratingly

grating

adj.

"annoying, irritating," 1560s, figurative use of present participle adjective from grate (v.).

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