- irritating or unpleasant to one's feelings.
- (of a sound or noise) harsh, discordant, or rasping.
Origin of grating2
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Examples from the Web for gratingly
"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.Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town
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.Pierre; or The Ambiguities
- 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
- short for diffraction grating
- (of sounds) harsh and rasping
- annoying; irritating
- (often plural) something produced by grating
Word Origin and History for gratingly
"annoying, irritating," 1560s, figurative use of present participle adjective from grate (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper