- cartilage, especially in meats.
Origin of gristle
Examples from the Web for gristle
Savor the perfectly pitched ear required to turn a simple phrase like “a dumpling, some knurled pouch of gristle.”The Slacker Generation's Swift
March 3, 2010
A knuckle requires more boiling in proportion to its weight, than any other joint, to render the gristle soft and tender.
Jonadab weighs pretty close to two hundred, and most of it's gristle.Cape Cod Stories
Joseph C. Lincoln
Does she wear a spritsail-yard through the gristle of her nose?An Old Sailor's Yarns
We choose our dinner not by the wrappers, but by the veining and gristle of the meat within.Pipefuls
The tiny hook is caught painlessly in the gristle of his jaw.Days Off
Henry Van Dyke
- cartilage, esp when in meat
Word Origin and History for gristle
Old English gristle "cartilage," related to grost "gristle," from a common West Germanic word (cf. Old Frisian and Middle Low German gristel, Old High German crostila, Middle High German gruschel) of obscure origin.