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


verb grinds, grinding or ground

to reduce or be reduced to small particles by pounding or abradingto grind corn; to grind flour
(tr) to smooth, sharpen, or polish by friction or abrasionto grind a knife
to scrape or grate together (two things, esp the teeth) with a harsh rasping sound or (of such objects) to be scraped together
(tr foll by out) to speak or say (something) in a rough voice
(tr often foll by down) to hold down; oppress; tyrannize
(tr) to operate (a machine) by turning a handle
(tr foll by out) to produce in a routine or uninspired mannerhe ground out his weekly article for the paper
(tr foll by out) to continue to play in a dull or insipid mannerthe band only ground out old tunes all evening
(tr often foll by into) to instil (facts, information, etc) by persistent effortthey ground into the recruits the need for vigilance
(intr) informal to study or work laboriously
(intr) mainly US to dance erotically by rotating the pelvis (esp in the phrase bump and grind)


informal laborious or routine work or study
slang, mainly US a person, esp a student, who works excessively hard
a specific grade of pulverization, as of coffee beanscoarse grind
British slang the act of sexual intercourse
mainly US a dance movement involving an erotic rotation of the pelvis
the act or sound of grinding
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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