Nearby words

  1. grin,
  2. grin and bear it,
  3. grin like a cheshire cat,
  4. grinch,
  5. grinch stole christmas, how the,
  6. grind house,
  7. grind in,
  8. grind on,
  9. grind rock,
  10. grind to a halt

Origin of grind

before 950; Middle English grinden, Old English grindan; akin to Gothic grinda-, Latin frendere

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British Dictionary definitions for grind


/ (ɡraɪnd) /

verb grinds, grinding or ground


See also grind in, grind on

Derived Formsgrindingly, adverb

Word Origin for grind

Old English grindan; related to Latin frendere, Lithuanian gréndu I rub, Low German grand sand

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Word Origin and History for grind
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Idioms and Phrases with grind


In addition to the idiom beginning with grind

  • grind to a halt

also see:

  • ax to grind
  • mills of the gods grind slowly
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