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grating2

[grey-ting]
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adjective
  1. irritating or unpleasant to one's feelings.
  2. (of a sound or noise) harsh, discordant, or rasping.
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Origin of grating2

First recorded in 1555–65; grate2 + -ing2
Related formsgrat·ing·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for gratingly

Historical Examples

  • "We are better off sometimes if we don't get all that belongs to us," said John gratingly.

    The Desert and The Sown

    Mary Hallock Foote

  • Bear Cat Stacy's voice as he answered was gratingly hard and his eyes were unyielding.

    When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry

    Charles Neville Buck

  • Slowly, gratingly, the golem turned and lumbered out of the cave, clumsy and ponderous.

  • But now he began to make such a strange crowing noise, just like a chair drawn heavily and gratingly along a kitchen-floor!

    The Grey Woman and other Tales

    Mrs. (Elizabeth) Gaskell

  • "Kill 'em both with one stone, then," wheezed the turnkey, gratingly throwing open the door of the cell.


British Dictionary definitions for gratingly

grating1

noun
  1. 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
  2. short for diffraction grating
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grating2

adjective
  1. (of sounds) harsh and rasping
  2. annoying; irritating
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noun
  1. (often plural) something produced by grating
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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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